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PRAY, Isaac Clark, journalist, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 15 May, 1813 ; died in New York city, 08 November, 1869. He was the son of a Boston merchant, and was educated at Harvard and Amherst, where he was graduated in 1833. He edited the Boston " Pearl " in 1834, and the Boston " Daily Herald" in 1835-'7, and was also connected with the "Journal of Commerce" in New York. In 1836 he became manager of the National theatre in the latter city, where he produced his original tragedy of "Guilietta Gordoni " (1836), and he also produced at the Park theatre a farce entitled " The Old Clock, or Here She Goes and There She Goes," dramatized from his story written for the" Sunday Morning News," of which he was the editor. He was also editor of the "Dramatic Guardian " and the "Ladies' Companion." He was in England in 1846-'7 and acted the parts of Hamlet, Othello, Sir Giles Overreach, and other characters, at the Queen's theatre, London, and at the Royal theatres in Liverpool and Cork. In 1850 he was engaged on the editorial staff of the New York " Herald" as musical and dramatic critic, and subsequently he became a theatrical manager, and translated and wrote several plays, including " Paetus Coecinna" (1847) and " The Hermit of Malta" (1856). He was the author of " Prose and Verse" (Boston, 1835) ; "Poems " (1837): "Book of the Drama" (New York, 18,51); "Memoirs of James Gordon Bennett" (1855); and numerous contributions to magazines and reviews.
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