Billy Brown And The Counsellor





WHEN Mr. Sheridan pleaded in court his own cause, and that of the Drury

Lane Theatre, an Irish laborer, known amongst the actors by the name of

Billy Brown, was called upon to give his evidence. Previous to his going

into court, the counsellor, shocked at the shabby dress of the witness,

began to remonstrate with him on this point: You should have put on

your Sunday clothes, and not think of coming into court covered with

lime and brick-dust; it detracts from the credit of your

evidence.--Be cool, Mr. Counsellor, said Billy, only be cool,

you're in your working-dress, and I am in mine; and that's that.





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