EMERY

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EMERY, John, an actor of eminence, was born at Sunderland, in the palatinate of Durham, December 22,1777, and educated at Ecclesfield in Yorkshire, where he acquired that knowledge of the provincial dialect which afterwards contributed so much to his celebrity. In the unsophisticated rustic or the stupid dolt, he was excellent; while in some parts, written purposely for him, such as Tyke in the School of Reform, and Giles in the Miller's Maid, his acting was truly terrific and appalling. The portraying of rough nature, fine simplicity, and strong passion, was his forte; and in the latter, especially, he ever excited the approbation of the best critics. In private life, he was much esteemed; he died in January, 1822.