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" as to have been repeated under a thousand different modes ; and under a variety of forms and phraseology, to have been proverbial in all countries.' This obnoxious passage was the one, in which Craig Campbell, when insulted by a fashionable coxcomb,... "
Memoirs of the Late Thomas Holcroft - Page 207
by Thomas Holcroft - 1816 - 320 pages
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Some account of the English stage: from the Restoration in 1660 to ..., Volume 7

John Genest - Theater - 1832
...advanced price of 2s. — when it was printed, the 2d title was dropt — Craig in the 5th act says " I was bred to the most " useless, and often the most worthless of all pro" fessions ; that of a Gentleman" — this gave great offence — Holcroft in his advertisement...
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The Collected Works of William Hazlitt: Memoirs of Thomas Holcroft. Liber ...

William Hazlitt - English essays - 1902
...at CoventGarden. This play met with indifferent success, of which the principal cause was a supposed allusion to political subjects in some passages. One...common-place theme of teachers of morality and religion, in all ages. But such at this time, was the irritation of party feeling, that to exhibit the force...
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The French Revolution and the English Novel

Allene Gregory, Allene Gregory Allen - Comparative literature - 1915 - 337 pages
...Frailties was acted at the Haymarket. A considerable disturbance was caused by the following speech: "I was bred to the most useless and often the most worthless of all professions — that of a gentleman." Genest says: "Considering the political ferment of the time, the manager was imprudent in allowing...
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The French Revolution and the English Novel

Allene Gregory Allen - Comparative literature - 1915 - 337 pages
...Frailties was acted at the Haymarket. A considerable disturbance was caused by the following speech: "I was bred to the most useless and often the most worthless of all professions-—that of a gentleman." Genest says: "Considering the political ferment of the time, the...
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The Actor's Heritage: Scenes from the Theatre of Yesterday and the Day Before

Walter Prichard Eaton - Actors - 1924 - 294 pages
...conceited coxcomb and the hero. "What profession were you bred to?" asks the coxcomb, insultingly. "To the most useless, and often the most worthless of all professions," the hero replies, "that of a gentleman." Plainly, the Constitution was in danger, and privilege quaked!...
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The Godwins and the Shelleys: A Biography of a Family

William St Clair - Biography & Autobiography - 1991 - 572 pages
...English social system. A character in one of his plays was hissed from the stage when he declared, 'I was bred to the most useless, and often the most worthless of all professions; that of a gentleman.' But Holcroft's talents were irrepressible and many of his plays achieved success. A man of indomitable...
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