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Quadrilling. A favourite Song by the Author of "Rejected Addresses". The Decorations designed and executed by William Hawkes Smith. [Fourth edition?] Birmingham, 1822. Washing Day. A proper new Ballad, for wet weather. The Decorations designed and executed by W. Hawkes Smith. [Second edition ?] Birmingham, [1822?]. The Dance of Love; or Cupid Grand Ballet-Master. A favourite Song, adapted to a celebrated French Air, ... The Decorations designed & executed by W. Hawkes Smith. Birmingham, [1823]. With MS. annotations by a former owner. The Latin quotation on the title-page is from Virgil's Eclogues ('Love conquers all things, and let us too surrender to Love'.) Der Freischutzism, or 'Tis a Hit! A Song, written by a Freeshot, Author of many Rejected Addresses. London, [1824?]. The dedicatee John Pritt Harley (1786-1858), was a popular actor and singer, specialising in comic roles and with a huge repertoire of comic songs. He made his London debut at the Lyceum on 15 July 1815 as Marcelli in The Devil’s Bridge but moved quickly to Drury Lane in September the same year.  When John Bannister retired, Harley took over most of his roles and Bannister, who took a great interest in his career, referred to him as his theatrical son and successor.  In 1828 he became Master of Drury Lane Theatrical Fund replacing the retiring Master, Edmund Kean.  Until 1836 he remained basically at the Lane with summer excursions to the provinces and engagements at the Lyceum, where he was for some time Stage Manager. He worked with Madame Vestris and finally with Charles Kean at the Princess’s. He suffered a stroke in the Theatre where he was playing Lancelot Gobbo and died at home two days later. He was buried at Kensal Green Cemetery on 28 August 1858. © The Trustees of the British Museum. The Life of King William; The Pride of the Islands, a National Medley .. written and composed by W. T. Moncreiff. Embellished with ... designs by N. Whittock. London, [1830?]. The sailor depicted is Thomas Potter Cooke (1786-1864) who was born in London on 23 April and entered the Royal Navy at an early age. He served under Nelson and was on HMS Raven at the Battle of St. Vincent.  In 1804 he began his long career on the stage. He made his mark as an actor, singer, dancer and pantomimist.  He became one of the best known stage personalities of the age, chiefly through his representations of the British Sailor in nautical dramas, but also as the villain or supernatural being in the Gothic melodramas so popular at the time.  He died 10 April 1864 and was buried in Brompton Cemetery. Haste, Ladies Haste! Gallopading. Written and composed by G. M. Rycot Esqre. Embellished with ... designs by N. Whittock. London, [1830]. The Athenaeum Journal of Literature, Science, and the Fine Arts, 6 March 1830. (under New Musical Publications). Rejected Addresses or The New Theatrum Poetarum. Fourth edition. London, 1812.