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       The Authorship of London Assurance.�
at length, assigning the authorship to Brougham.
Condensed, the story is as follows; I chronicle with-
out endorsing it.          Bourcicault, then a young
man about town, decidedly hard-up, had sent
a play of merely literary, not acting, merit to the
lessee of Covent Garden, which was declined, with
however the offer of �500 for one possessing both
qualities.       He despaired, talked young man about
No. 1 to Brougham, who proposed a part-
nership attempt for the money, producing his
play, then untitled, of London Assurance. �They�ll
never accept it from me,� said Brougham, �but
do you assume its authorship and we�ll divide
the money.�  This was agreed to.  Bourcicault
lived luxuriously with Brougham and his wife,
at their expense; was clever, agreeable, �a per-
fect young Mephistopheles.�  He did but little
to the play beyond transferring the tag from the
mouth of Max Hurkaway to Sir Harcourt Courtly.
Finally, however, he bragged so as to incite alarm
on the part of the Broughams that he intended chon-
sing them out of both fame and money and did
the latter.     Mrs. B. thereupon went �on the rampage,�
made her husband take out an injunction and
compromised the matter for a sum of money.   Her
vehemence about this affair, she asserted, com-
menced the estrangement between her and Brougham.               
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