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    A Slight Question of Fact

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    It is never well for the public interest that the originator of any
    social reform should be soon forgotten. Further, it is neither
    wholesome nor right (being neither generous nor just) that the merit
    of his work should be gradually transferred elsewhere.

    Some few weeks ago, our contemporary, the Pall Mall Gazette, in
    certain strictures on our Theatres which we are very far indeed from
    challenging, remarked on the first effectual discouragement of an
    outrage upon decency which the lobbies and upper-boxes of even our
    best Theatres habitually paraded within the last twenty or thirty
    years. From those remarks it might appear as though no such Manager
    of Covent Garden or Drury Lane as Mr. Macready had ever existed.

    It is a fact beyond all possibility of question, that Mr. Macready,
    on assuming the management of Covent Garden Theatre in 1837, did
    instantly set himself, regardless of precedent and custom down to
    that hour obtaining, rigidly to suppress this shameful thing, and
    did rigidly suppress and crush it during his whole management of
    that theatre, and during his whole subsequent management of Drury
    Lane. That he did so, as certainly without favour as without fear;
    that he did so, against his own immediate interests; that he did so,
    against vexations and oppositions which might have cooled the ardour
    of a less earnest man, or a less devoted artist; can be better known
    to no one than the writer of the present words, whose name stands at
    the head of these pages.
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