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riage and drag it through the streets. This and other marks of their favor were shown, I felt, not for what I then did, but for what they thought my future promised; for I was full of youthful exaggeration, and impetuosity often swept me far away from my characters. Still, this kindness was none the less appreciated, as the encouragement of early efforts often fires the spark of ultimate possibilities. Many English friends in Canada prophesied success for me in London. After a flash of enthusiasm on the subject, these flattering predictions were put aside, for I had no wish to act out of America.
The critical judgment of the Eastern States in matters dramatic was thought by the theatrical profession to be very great, and an artist was not considered in the first rank until he had been stamped with the approval of a Boston or a New York audience. Contented with the South and West as a field for work and improvement, I never thought of the East until attractive offers from several managers induced Dr. Griffin to accept engagements in Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. To me the world seemed to hold no greater artistic centres than these cities, for the thought of visiting Paris or London had never seriously