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ere she was educated. She soon acquired a taste for the stage. She played for many years in New York and Philadelphia, but never in Boston, on account of her relatives' dislike for her having adopted the stage as a profession. She experienced, in the place of her birth, the Puritan aversion to the stage and the people connected with it, so much stronger in her day than now, and in the homes of some cousins she was never welcomed. She made her debut in Pittsburg, Penn., in 1817 as Mrs. Blanford in Speed the Plough. Her first appearance in New York was in 1822-3 as Adelgitha in the play of that name. She was long known at the Bowery and other New York theatres. She took such parts as Letitia Hardy in the Belle's Stratagem, Leonora in the Lovers' Quarrels and Mrs. Malfort in the Soldier's Daughter. She made her first appearance as the latter, when she was engaged for the so-called heavy business. On July 2, 1822, a company of amateurs opened an establishment under the name