"David Garrick" was the subject of Mr. Copeland's lecture yesterday afternoon. This is the first public lecture on Garrick that has ever been given at Harvard. Mr. Copeland, in his introductory remarks, spoke of the present condition of the stage and of the theatre going public, and then at length of Garrick's career, triumphs, acting and unusually complex character. During his first public season, in 1742 at Drury Lane, Garrick performed eighteen different characters, and this versatility marked his entire career until its close in 1776. In his choice of plays he satisfied the romantic longings of the times, without either hastening or retarding the romantic revival which came after his death.
The readings included a criticism of Miss Rehan's acting last year in Boston in "The Wonder," which was the play in which Garrick made his last appearance. The selection from "Tom Jones" describing the visit of Partridge and Jones to see Garrick play "Hamlet" was also read.