By Philip H. Highfill Kalman A. Burnim Edward A. Langhans

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She did not love Calcraft, but used him to further her social standing through his contacts with such people as Henry Fox, the Marquess of Granby, and General Hervey. Calcraft amassed a huge fortune and settled George Anne in a palatial house in Parliament Square, with £2500 a year for housekeeping. When she discovered that he really had been married for some years to a woman at Grantham, still alive, George Anne claimed she fell perilously ill, to the point where she gave confession. But she recovered and the medical bills cost Calcraft £900.

Her salary was £10 10s. per week; for her benefit on 9 March 1758, when she acted Cleopatra in All for Love, she took a profit of £202 10s. That season she also attempted Lady Macbeth for the first time in London on 10 December 1757, to Barry's Macbeth, causing the Theatrical Review to take umbrage at what it regarded as gross miscasting, at the same time providing an informative assessment of Mrs Bellamy's powers and charms at this point in her career: Her talents lie chiefly to the pathetic; she has strong sensations of the tender; habit has not yet steeled her heart, nor dried her eyes of the precious fluid.

Per quarter for performing at the Cannos concerts sometime during the period 171720. He may have been the Bell who fought a duel at Epsom in 1689 with dramatist and song writer Thomas D'Urfey which Tom Brown satirized in verse: I Sing of a Duel in Epsom befel, 'Twixt fa-so-la Durfey, and so-la-mi Bell: But why do I mention the scribbling Brother? For naming the one, you may guess at the other. Betwixt them there happen'd a horrible Clutter, Bell set up the loud Pipes, and Durfey did splutter. Draw, Bell, wer't thou Dragon, I'll spoil thy soft Note, Thy squeaking, said t'other, for I'll cut thy Throat.

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