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MEMOIR OF MISS JARMAN.
popularity which she has since so successfully pursued.
It was here that the reach of mind first freed itself It has been said that players are, above all others, the from the restraints of childhood's partialities. creatures of circumstances. It has been denied that
It does not appear, from all we can learn, that she their profession is a matter of choice with them. They evinced an early predilection for the stage, or indeed are represented as being all such previous bankrupts for any particular province in the business of life, alin fortune and respectability, as to be forced to the though she seems to have manifested, at a very early stage as a relief from the penury and opprobrium un
power of excelling in the histrionic art. Hers der which they labour; or they are the descendants of seems to have been rather the out-breaking of one gethe actors of other days, and, having been neglected in neral principle, that of mind, which, in the elasticity of the important article of education, are contented to fol.
youth, is allowed to expatiate at large, and exhaust low the profession of their ancestors.
itself in the wide field of general knowledge, than the This ungenerous insinuation, obviously got up for
special developement of any particular taste, that sinthe purpose of strengthening the hands of such as de- gles out its objects, and stands fixed to one given point. precate theatrical amusements, is too absurd and too Her ambition seems not to have been so much to display malignant ever to succeed with reasonable minds. The
talent as to acquire it, nor so much to excel others as to stage is a profession fitted to impart pleasure to persons be herself informed-forshe is known to have been moof a refined and liberal taste, and has its devotees and dest and retiring to a degree. A taste for books, as its patrons, like every other department of science and
the means of supplying subjects of thought, was the art. To such as are not yet persuaded of the purity | leading feature of her childhood; and the amazing skill of intention which, in the majority of cases, prompts she displayed in selecting from the many with which to the stage, we recommend a perusal of the following she was furnished, such as were likely to repay the sketch. We think it calculated to convince all whose
perusal, exhibits a precocity of judgment, apt, in this minds are open to conviction, that it is more generally
age of glare and imposition, to be overlooked by all the influence of pure choice-choice, founded on the but the sensible parents, who will rather have their supremacy of natural endowment, and terminating in children distinguished by their intellectual acquirea course of systematic training—than of any insuperable
ments, than by those mimic feats which are too frenecessity, that forms the actor-unless, indeed, it be quently regarded as the traits of early genius. the necessity of pursuing that track to which his men
The following incident is referred to, by her friends, tal constitution predisposes him. The youthful debutant, glowing in the heat of a poetical temperament,
as the starting point of her public life, and as having
lent a power to mould and direct her whole future his. finds, on coming into contact with the acted drama, that he is admitted to a region replete with enjoyment;
tory. While very young, and residing with her mo
ther at Bath, she was one day discovered with Southey's and, encouraged by the music of applause, even as the
poems. The passage she had selected was Mary, willing bark moves along before the breath of heaven,
the Maid of the Inn.” She seemed wrapt up in the presses on in the laudable ambition to excel-some
study of her own thoughts, and to be feasting, luxutimes alas ! overtaken by misfortune, but never des
riously, on the banquet this little subject afforded. Her pondent; carrying about with him, through all the changes of his eventful history, the persnasion that he
mother, finding that she had already committed the follows nature, and is already the recipient of much
poem to memory, requested that she would speak it ;
which she did, with a degree of feeling and precision, innocent and elevated pleasure.
altogether beyond her years. The parent begged that The following is the memoir of a lady who stands, she would submit to speak it in public. This was rain public opinion, the acknowledged ornament alike of ther a startling proposal to one so young and diffident, her sex and her profession. In it may be traced, from but the promise that she would, was, at length, obthe earliest developement of the acting capacity, to tained—whereupon it was arranged that, on the eventhe matured perfection of the same, in the admiration ing of her mother's approaching benefit, she should of an applauding public, the history of one who loves
make her appearance before the public in this her the drama for its own sake, and who, we are oonfident, “ first love. The result was most flattering to the wonld not quit the field of so much positive enjoyment, youthful debutante. The unequivocal approbation bethough bribed to the desertion by fortune's proudest stowed on her opening effort by a brilliant audiencedignities, without “casting many a lingering look and every one knows what a brilliant audience at Bath behind."
is—encouraged her to proceed. The talented Mrs. It was in the town of Hull, in the East Riding of Piozzi, who, in her taste for literature, did not overYork, that Frances Eleanor Jarman first opened her look its handmaid the drama, had the felicity to be eye on the great stage of human life. Her earliest present on the occasion, and added the weight of her years were passed in that calm seclusion from care respectability as an authoress, in conferring dignity upwhich infancy claims, but under the observation of on an incident which has proved the foundation of Miss friends who saw, in the occupations of her childbood, Jarman's professional career.
She waited on Mrs. the dawn of much future promise. Her mother bad Jarman with a copy of her own popular poem, entitled held, for a term of years, a leading engagement at the “ The Three Warnings,” requesting that her daughter theatres of Hull and York, and, long before the subject might be permitted to study it. A solicitation so comof our sketch had stepped out of girlhood, this engage- plimentary, both to parent and child, could not be rement had been cancelled for one at the Theatre-Royal, sisted, and the success of her second attempt gave her Bath. It is to the period of this removal that our an additional eclat as a juvenile reciter. She was now readers are to look for the entrance on that career of a decided favourite with the Bath public, and could
Vol. II.--No. 2.
number among her patrons some of the most influen- extended beyond the period of infancy, and that it tial circles in that gay population. She was hailed, continues still to spread unconfined. Her first dramaboth in public and private, as the prodigy of the day, tic attempt was made in the part of Edward, in the and, as she had grown up among then, was received comedy of " Every One Has his Fault," to which she as one over whom they were bound to exercise a more soon added the Duke of York and Prince Edward of than ordinary degree of protecting friendship. To “ Richard the Third” and Myrtillo in “ The Broken such an extent did this feeling of attachment operate, Sword." During the period in which she sustained that, wben, a few years thereafter, her health had very this juvenile range, her mother was not neglectful of much suffered in consequence of severe professional those secondary accomplishments which were necesexertion, these same families came forward with a sary to give effect to the higher range of stage busispontaneous offer of assistance for the purpose of ob- ness. Å knowledge of posture, dancing and music, taining for her the benefit of a coast or country resi- and an acquaintance with history and polite literature, dence, notwithstanding that they were aware such as- were felt to be incumbent, and were liberally supplied. sistance was altogether unrequired. Their language, When she bad attained the age of fifteen, she was in on the occasion was, that "it would confer an equal possession of all those parts which lay within the range pride and pleasure in permitting them to administer to of the “youthful heroines,” and now reached that Miss Frances Jarman's personal comfort."
period of life proper for attempting the more dignified We are exceedingly pleased to find that Mrs. Jar- class of female characters. At this time, the infirm man, in the exercise of a more than ordinary degree of state of health to which we have already alluded, comgood sense, refused to permit her daughter to become pelled her to quit the scene of occupation, and repair to the mere fondling of a people's indulgence. She found the coast of Sussex for the benefit of the sea air. Here, higher objects on which to employ her, and instantly after several months of severe attention to medical reengaged her in that course of mental cultivation which gimen, she became so far recovered as to be able to she saw was requisite to give permanency to her daugh- resume her professional duties at Bath. She was, ter's reputation, and prevent her friends from being dis- shortly after this, employed to lead the business, and, appointed in the hopes of her coming years. Were all after a most gratifying season of success, took farepromising children as wisely treated, the profession well of her Bath friends in a poetical address which would less frequently have occasion to lament the ab- had been written for the occasion. sence of matured talent in advanced life. The fame of Previous to the conclusion of the season, she had, our “juvenile prodigies” would thereby outlive their with the view of extending her professional experience, childhood ; whereas, it is to be feared, the childhood and of obtaining such a change of scene as might aid of such too frequently outlives their fame. We can- in still further improving her yet unconfirmed state of not sufficiently reprobate the practice, now so common health, written to the Manager of the Theatre Royal, with parents and guardians, of forcing children out of Dublin, stating, that as she had a desire to visit ire. their proper sphere as students in the great school of land, she would be ready to treat with him regarding life, into the unnatural attitude of grown men.
Our an engagement at his theatre. In answer to which, innate ideas, if we have any, come so miserably short she received the immediate offer of the situation of of those acquired by observation and experience, that leading actress for the ensuing season. At this period, we cannot at all comprehend the doctrine which as- Mrs. Jarman thought it expedient to decline all farcribes to an infant capacity the intellect of advanced ther personal connection with the stage, preferring an years. · Will any person prove to us that, in personat- exclusive attention to the interests of her daughter. ing a patriot, a husband, a friend, or indeed any thing Miss Jarman opened in Dublin in October, 1824, in Lat a child, these “infant prodigies” have the small- her favourite character of Letitia Hardy, which she est conception of the truth of the character, or that sustained with such decided success as to secure a retheir performance ever rises higher than the routine of newal of her engagement for the following season. certain gesticulations into which they have been school- During her stay in Ireland, she occupied the various ed by the diligence of a master? The entire exhibi. intervals of the Dublin recess in occasional trips to the tion may be likened unto that of a mechanical figure provinces, making repeated visits to Belfast, Derry, -the Roscius and the automaton being almost equally Cork, Sligo, &c. in all of which it was her happiness destitute of mind, and equally dependent on the mov- " to purchase golden opinions from all sorts of people." ing impulse of another.
In the beginning of 1827, after a most successful run The sacrifice, made at the shrine of youthful indul. of two entire years upon the hospitality and enthusiasm gence, is most fatal to him that is the victim of it. It of the Irish character, she returned to Bath, a spot enis the sacrifice of much precious time that might be deared to her by every recollection that could sweeten turned to admirable advantage where there exists existence, and claiming to be almost considered as her so apt a capacity of profiting by instruction. It is
native home,” so early had she been embosomed in frequently the sacrifice of subsequent success. its affections, and so tenderly did her heart still point stumbles that runs fast.”. And it is the sacrifice of fu. to this birth-place of her public life. She now felt ture peace; for he that is so unfortunate as to have his fortified in the requisites of her profession, and someentire youth occupied in schemes of display will find what disposed to storm the very fortress of metropolithat, in after life, he is doomed to endure years of tan distinction.
so. lace in vain from the mere recollection of his caressed waited on by Mr. Faucett, the acting manager of childhood. The morning of existence, like that of the Covent Garden, who had come down for the express natural day, if occupied in engagements that bave no purpose of ascertaining the extent of her capacity. immediate reference to the business of life, furnishes He had attended during her performance of several no brighter prospect to the survivor than that of one popular characters, and was so highly gratified, that entire waste, extending as far as the eye can reach, he tendered her, on the instant, the offer of a principal whereas that which has been employed profitably, con- situation at the London House. This, it was then fers a heaven of peace upon the possessor—the pros- thought proper to decline, both on account of her pect and retrospect, like light and shade, meeting and youth and delicate state of health; but the same offer softening into each other.
being again presented by Mr. C. Kemble in 1827, was Miss Jarman's youth was not so unprofitably passo accepted, she being now considered more qualified to ed. The discretion of a fond, but judicious parent, grapple with the laborious duties of a London engagewhile it dimmed not the sunshine of early hopes, taught ment. The treaty being concluded, Miss Jarman, them to aspire beyond the mere frivolities of childhood. proud of the distinction to which her industry had To this circumstance is it attributable, in addition to now raised her, prepared to take her departure for the the attraction of her own talents, that her celebrity has Metropolis. It must have been a gratifying spectacle
to her Bath friends to behold the idol of their dramatic the darkness that encompassed him, and didst plant worship passing from her seclusion in the provinces, him on an eminence whence he never can decline, but to occupy so exalted a shrine in that temple whose reviews with ineffable contempt the machinations of humblest niche is all that many can hope to fill. There his powerless enemies. is something truly magnanimous, in the struggle of Kean's is by no means a solitary case. Such has youthful genius to establish itself in public favour, been the experience of many, and such, to a certain and when a female heart is the seat of this heroism, degree, was Miss Jarman's. She had ber fears, her the exhibition becomes additionally interesting. malecontents, and subsequent triumph. The quality
The aim is first taken, and then the inquiry is in- of her mind, secured her in the affections of the public, stituted regarding the means to be adopted for obtain- while, at the same time, her uniform propriety and ing the desired object. These are found to be a fixed sweetness of manner, disarmed envy of its sting, and determination to succeed—a proper estimate of time made even her detractors ambitious of her acquaintand industry—a patient submission to long and irksome training--a courage in meeting and overcoming She made her first appearance before a London auobstacles—and above all, a disposition not to rest dience in Covent Garden Theatre, on the night of the satisfied with present attainments, but to press on 8th of February, 1827, in the character of Juliet. with an eye fixed on the distant goal. Among the The announcement of a new candidate for theatrinumerous difficulties that present themselves to the cal fame, produces a sensation in London deeper altheatrical debutant, may be mentioned the fear of the most than can be conceived in the provinces. It is to world's censure, which, in more pursuits than this, the patrons of the Drama what the arrival of some exercises an undue influence in turning the aspirant distinguished foreigner is to the general public, or aside from the object of his fond attachment. There what the publication of some new and long-expected is also the danger of being awed by the competition of production is to the lovers of Art. It is the all-enprofessors older in years and experience, which can grossing, all-absorbing topic. The result of this openonly be overcome by the consideration, that age and ing attempt, to secure metropolitan favour, is charged experience are as capable of working their effects now, with consequences of remote, as well as direct, importas before. Again, there is the possibility that the cor- ance, to both the Debutante and the Drama. To the rect taste with which he sets out, and which he has former, it
be the commencement of a new existderived intuitively from the exercise of his own genius, ence, an epoch in the travel of life, to which all subsemay be forced into a compliance with the vitiated taste quent events are referred. To the stage, it often of the times. His better judgment forbids him to proves the dawn of a coming revival, the embryo reemulate the prevailing system, and his soul nauseates generation of dramatic taste and enterprise. the flattery that confirms it, yet he feels the propensity Miss Jarman came to the city highly recommended daily rising in his breast to surrender at discretion, so by the cognoscenti of Bath and Dublin, and although, averse is his humanity to endure the spurns that patient at the period of her arrival, the London boards boasted merit is subjected to. The jealousy of rivalship is an- many names not unknown to fame, yet it is notorious other source of annoyance to all but bim who possesses that, at that time, the higher range of female character the requisite firmness of character. The debutant feels, wanted a proper representative. The Theatres owned in walking the stage, that he is much alone there—a no leading actress of decided genius. The principal novice where others have been long naturalized. His walk of female business at both of the winter houses rehearsals are frequently conducted amidst the whispers was then much unoccupied. Miss O'Neil's absence of calumny, and the sneers of the malignant and the was still felt. The higher efforts of the tragic and disappointed. Left to steer his solitary course midway comic muse were either unattempted, or managed with 'twixt hope and fear, and doubtful where he should but a moderate share of success; and to Miss Jarman, allow nature to terminate, and art to begin, he looks the public, the critic, and the theatrical speculator, all around for that friend whose judicious advice and looked with equal fondness, as to a feature that was to encouraging smile he could so well appreciate, but ocupy the previously vacant space. The desideratum was finds himself deserted and uncompassioned. All seek supplied. In every character on which she made the their own, none his neighbour's good. He sees him- energies of her accomplished mind to bear, she was self placed on a contested height, and, giddy with the found to strike out beauties worthy of the best days elevation, hastens to retire, when mind, asserting her of the olden time. The commonest subjects received, own dignity, turns his eye in upon himself, and points in her hands, an originality of conception that at once to his own resources. He then discovers, with amaze- demonstrated the study of the actress. ment, the absolute impotency of all foreign aids, learns equally successful in comedy and tragedy, and in the to despise alike the smile and frown of shallow man, lighter characters of each as well as the most serious. and, shaking off all dependence on material things, Her acting then, as yet, wanted that vulgar extravablesses the absence of counsellors as a boon worth a
gance which some call power, but which is better deworld's price.
nominated imbecility, being, as it assuredly is, rather Such was Kean's experience on the day he first the offspring of false taste than of intellectual greatness. entered Drury, as the future high priest in that temple Her Lady Teazle as well as her Juliet, her Isabella and of the muses. The presiding pontiff had retired to her Beatrice, were equally subdued to nature, and make way for the new candidate. The subordinate equally the subject of the critic's praise. We might officials looked with suspicion on the entrance of an here, in testimony of the high popularity Miss Jarman intruder. His origin was found to be obscure, and acquired in London, insert one or more of the many though he had not come unsolicited, he soon discovered flattering notices that then appeared in the public the difficult game he had got to play. He had his prints, and particularly those more substantial ones, misgivings. When the tug of war at length approach- written by Hazlitt and Leigh Hunt on the qualities of ed, and the weakness of humanity gave serious note of her acting. But our limits forbid. She continued for preparation—when, about to light the torch that was to three seasons the object of increasing attraction at burn with never failing fragrance, or be at once extin- Covent Garden. guished, he had only time to plead acquaintance with Before the termination of her third season, that a fellow stager, hoping thereby to move the sensi- insolvency which had, for a period of years, pressed bilities jealousy had blunted.- Heaven's justice! the heavily on this establishment and paralized its energies, rebuke of this menial, this sycophant, sent the great reached its height; and occasioned a temporary cessamaster spirit back to the treasury of his own mind, tion of those arrangements for the following winter by where straight he had his claims allowed. Mind- which the conclusion of a season is generally marked. thou invariable patron of thy own! Thou unfailing As it was uncertain when the house would again open supporter of such as will lean upon thee! Thou lent- and, whether at all or not, it was announced to all the est thy influence to light this child of nature through performers whose engagements had terminated, that no
treaty could, in the meantime, be negotiated for the fol- Edinburgh, and knew, from the kindness and attention lowing season. Consequently, Miss Jarman and some she experienced there, during her short stay in 1827, others, whose articles had expired, were allowed to quit the degree of happiness she would enjoy in such a sitowithout any such engagement being concluded. These ation. She had also reasons for continuing in Ireland, individuals felt that, while they were at fall liberty to if she was so disposed, but found, from the embarrassengage at any other house, yet, viewing themselves still ing nature of her present condition, that she was alike as members of the Covent-Garden company, and likely prevented from consulting her own comfort, and from to be retained, if the house re-opened, they preferred a replying to the numerous engagements that now lay delay in this respect, trusting that, during the recess, in treaty before her. the proprietors might be enabled, by the various ex- In the meantime, Covent-Garden was advertised to pedients in contemplation, to rescue themselves from open, and Miss F. Kemble announced as the feature their present difficulties.
who was to disencumber the management of its several At the close of her last season in London, Miss embarrassments, and place the treasury in a more prosJarman visited Ireland for a short period, performing perous condition than it had been for years. The in Dublin, and several of the other towns in which her Theatre had opened, and Miss Kemble had appeared former appearances had been so favourably received. before Miss Jarman received any answer to her letter. While here, she learned, from the public prints, the After Miss Kemble's success had been completely as. amount of debt contracted at Covent-Garden, and the certained, Mr. Kemble replied to Miss Jarman in various schemes in progress for its liquidation. It was terms of apology for not having written earlier, assur. at this time that several performers, residing in Lon. ing her that her letter had not reached him till long don, volunteered their services, for a series of benefits, after date—and, with many professions of regret for in behalf of the Covent-Garden fund, and that a public having kept her so long in suspense, informed her subscription was opened for the same object. To this that his daughter's success had of course precluded the subscription, Miss Jarman, who was still in Ireland, and necessity of now engaging any other lady as leading precluded from taking any part in the London benefits, actress at Covent Garden. Miss Jarman felt that she most readily contributed, and received a note of ac- had suffered wrong at Mr. Kemble's hands—but said knowledgment from Mr. Bartley, the then acting man- nothing. She at once accepted Mr. Murray's offer, ager—in whose letter, however, there was no mention and engaged with him, in the mean time, for two made of the re-opening of the theatre.
months, commencing on the 3d of November, 1829. Miss Jarman had, in 1827, during the summer re- The warm reception she again experienced in Edin. cess of her first season in Covent-Garden, visited the burgh, both professionally and in private life, induced north, in company with Mr. Warde of the same theatre. her, very soon thereafter, to accept Mr. Murray's offer She appeared twelve nights in Edinburgh, and six in of a renewal of her engagement on much more advanGlasgow. The fame of her talents had travelled over
tageous terms. At the expiration of her first engage. the intervening space, so that, upon her arrival in these ment, she made a short visit to Glasgow, Aberdeen, remote parts, she found many ready to offer her a most Dundee and Perth, and returned to Edinburgh in cordial welcome. On her first appearance in Glasgow, February. She continued here till the summer recess, she was greeted most enthusiastically. We happened and finished a season of great personal gratification, to be ourselves present, during the several nights of her with feelings very different from those of regret at engagement, and recollect, as if it were the occurrence having passed her winter in a northern latitude. of yesterday, the impression made on our mind by her
We once heard a member of the Drury-Lane Compersonation of Mrs. Beverly, Mary Queen of Scots, pany declare that he has often shed tears when he Rosalind, Therese of Geneva, and others, and regard it witnessed the difficulties Miss Phillips of Drury had as one of the most felicitous incidents of our life that to encounter during the forced attraction of Miss we had an opportunity, thus early, of doing justice to Kemble in the rival house. He said it was painful to her merits. Her disposal of her characters always ap- behold the influence which name and family connexions peared to us as natural as her conception was correct. exercised in leading the public away from the patron. The vigour of her acting, we were aware, would in- age of real talent to court a shadow; for that the crease in proportion to her study and experience, and attraction of the Star at Covent Garden was but a her future success has proved that we were not mistaken shadow compared with the talent of Miss Phillips was in the opinion we then formed of her capabilities. In never, he said, doubted by any unprejudiced mind. Edinburgh, she had become an especial favourite. The When we heard this individual so express himself
, we estimate there formed, of her talents, was such, that so felt suspicious, we confess, that all was not sound" in soon as it was ascertained, in 1829, that her engage- the state of Denmark,” and our suspicion rose into ment, in Covent-Garden, bad ceased, Mr. Murray im- something like assurance, on reading the various notices mediately offered her terms for the ensuing season at by Westmacott, regarding the acting at Covent Garden
Still we thought it possible to account for both the Miss Jarman having still received no notice of the player's and the critic's leaning, from the circumstance re-opening of the London house, and, finding that some- of rival houses and wounded pride. But we cannot thing required to be done in the way of arrangement reflect upon the treatment stated above, without refor the following winter, felt herself justified in writ
gretting deeply that paternal fondness and interested ing Mr. Kemble on the subject
, and stating the peculi- views, should ever have induced the Manager to forget arity of the situation in which she stood. She wrote the courtesy of the gentleman. accordingly, requesting to know if her services were
During the summer of 1830, Miss Jarman visited required for the ensuing season.
London, though not professionally, and came there Will it be believed, that for two entire months, she into contact with Mr. Kean, who was then about to received no answer to her letter? During the whole of take his farewell benefit at the Italian Opera House. this period, it was her misfortune to endure an interval She was requested by him to undertake the of suspense, altogether indescribable. She knew the
Desdemona, for his third act of “ Othello," and the day was at hand when the house would open, if it applause with which she was greeted from all parts of opened at all. She knew that she was still viewed as that immense house, proved the high estimation in the leading actress of that establishment, having been which she was held by a London audience. She also the last there engaged, and no other being yet announc- visited Bath, Liverpool, and other towns in the south ed; and she felt that she might incur the charge of during the same summer, and returned to Edinburgh being indifferent to its interests, and, perhaps, of in. for the season 1830-31, according to previous treaty. gratitude for kindness received, if she now abandoned She is now in possession of her third season in the a concern that never more required the assistance of its
metropolis of the North, and is so decided a favourite
, friends. She had been invited to lead the business at that we do not know if she would be justified in leaving