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AMHERST, J. H., actor, born in London, England, in 1776; died in Philadelphia, 12 August 1851. He first appeared at the Haymarket theatre, London, in "The Blue Devils." He came to the United States in 1838 as director of Cook's equestrian company, and first acted as the "Castilian" in "Mazeppa" in Philadelphia. After a moderately successful career he fell victim to a complication of diseases, died in the ahnshouse, and was buried by the actors' order of friendship. He was an accomplished classical scholar, and the author of several plays, of which the following are the best known: "Will Watch, or the Black Phantom" (1825); " Napoleon Bonaparte's Invasion of Russia, or the Conflagration of Moscow" (1850); " Ireland as it Was " (1850) ; " The Battle of Waterloo" (1850): and "Ireland as it Is " (1850).
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