98 A FEW MEMORIES
me in the valuable advice of Mr. Dion Boucicault and Mr. William Winter. Their insight into dramatic effect was a revelation. Mr. Boucicault entirely rearranged the business of Ingomar, and gave me many suggestions for my general work— usually in an abrupt manner, for he had but little patience with what displeased him, and is said to have frequently made his leading artists shed tears under his rigorous direction.
The following letter from the author of " The Shaughraun" was written after the appearance of some severe criticisms in two New York papers. It is very characteristic:
" DEAR Miss ANDERSON,—I had written this, intending to take it to the theatre last night, but was too sick to go out. The Herald and Times this morning have increased my nausea. Don't be moved by them to lose any confidence in yourself. I knew Julia Dean well, and she is as inferior to you as I am to Shakespeare or Sheridan. They find fault with you for your lack of Art, which, if you had it, they would recognize as a blemish in one so young. Julia is neither an heroic part nor a dramatic one. She is nondescript and unnatural, full of stage-trick andy training. In New ork, however, there was great help in store for