|NOTES from DR SYNTAX'S TOUR, 1812|
Plate 26 opposite p.222:-
DOCTOR SYNTAX AT COVENT GARDEN THEATRE.
"A theatre should have a soul."
"Excuse me, Sir," the Critic said -
"These theatres are all a trade:
"Their owners laugh at scrolls and friezes;
"'Tis a full house alone that pleases:
"And, you must know, it is their plan
"To stick and stuff it as they can.
"Your noble architect'ral graces
"Would take up room, and fill up places."