Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Cawdell, James

CAWDELL, JAMES (d. 1800), dramatist, was the manager and chief comedian of various theatres in the north of England, including those of Scarborough, Sunderland, and Shields. He retired from the stage in 1798, having disposed of his property to Mr. Stephen Kemble, and died at Durham in January 1800. He published a volume of poems in 1784 or 1785, and was the author of the following dramatic pieces: 1. ‘Appeal to the Muses,’ 1778. 2. ‘Melpomene's Overthrow,’ a mock masque, 1778. 3. ‘Trump of Genius,’ 1785. 4. ‘Apollo's Holiday,’ a prelude, 1792. 5. ‘Battered Batavians,’ 1798.

[Baker's Biographia Dramatica.]