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HATTON, who was a considerable favorite at the Haymarket Theatre, and
particularly in the part of Jack Junk, was one night at Gosport,
performing the character of Barbarossa. In the scene where the tyrant
makes love to Zapphira, and reminds her of his services against the
enemies of her kingdom, he was at a loss, and could not catch the word
from the prompter, when, seeing the house crowded with sailors, and
regardless of the gross anachronism, he exclaimed, with all the energy
of tragedy--

Did not I,
By that brave knight Sir Sidney Smith assisted,
And in conjunction with the gallant Nelson,
Drive Bonaparte and his fierce marauders
From Egypt's shores?

The jolly tars thought that it was all in his part, and cheered the
actor with three rounds of applause.

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