By Philip H. Highfill, Kalman A. Burnim, Edward A. Langhans

These featured in quantity 10 contain Margaret Martyr, a singer, actress, and dancer whose “conjugal virtues have been frequently impeached,” in response to the July 1792 Thespian journal. The Diction­ary describes this least consistent of enthusiasts as “of middling peak, with a determine well-proportioned for breeches elements. [Her] black-haired, black-eyed attractiveness and transparent soprano made her an immedi­ate well known luck in merry maids and tuneful minxes, the piquant and the pert, for 1 / 4 century.”

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Macklin fled, returned and gave himself up, and was indicted for wilfull murder on 13 May. He spent an anxious seven months until he came to trial on 12 December. He was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to be burned in the hand, a sentence which was executed with a cold iron. The grisly occurrence did no permanent harm to Macklin's career, though it marred his reputation. Six weeks after his trial he was back at Drury Lane, rehearsing his old part of Ramilie in The Miser, which he played before an appreciative house on 31 January 1736.

No known surviving playbill confirms that performance, however, or his presence in or around London before 24 September 1730, when he played Sir Charles Freeman in The Beaux' Stratagem at Lee and Harper's booth on the Bowling Green, Southwark, in the time of Bartholomew Fair. " The 1731 edition of Fielding's Coffee-House Politician entered his name as "Maclean" opposite Poser (not "Porer'' as in The London Stage) and Brazencourt. He had doubled in the parts at Lincoln's Inn Fields on 4 December 1730, but the roles were too small to appear in the playbill.

I have beside in several letters made an humble tender of my services. . Macklin might have spared himself the humiliation. Fleetwood would shortly sell his patent to the bankers Richard Green and Norton Amber. By 19 December 1744 Macklin had returned to Drury Lane and to Shylock. For his reinstatement he had prepared a prologue: From scheming, fretting, famine, and despair, Behold to grace restored an exil'd player; Your sanction yet his fortune must complete, And give him privilege to laughand eat.

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