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Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1770, Sunday, February 28, 1830

The Late Destructive Fire

On Tuesday evening an adjourned meeting of the committee for the relief of the sufferers by the fire at the English Opera house, was held at the Bell Inn, Exeter-street, Strand. A preliminary meeting was held on the Friday evening previous, when several of the opulent tradesmen in the neighbourhood formed themselves into a committee, and contributed several pounds. It was then determined to hold another meeting, and to invite the public to attend. On Friday night, however, we are sorry to say, very few persons attended. Several additional donations were announced, and it was stated the committee would meet every evening to examine and relieve the most necessitous and distressing who had been suddenly deprived of all their little effects. After considerable discussion and various propositions, it was resolved upon to continue the appeal to the public for their support. The applications for relief are very numerous.

The meeting of the friends and well-wishers of the English Opera is, it appears, postponed till Wednesday the 3d March. That Mr. Arnold will be supported by many persons of influence and ability on the occasion we have no doubt. We trust that but a few months will elapse before he is placed again in a station which none can fill with more talent or greater honour.

We understand that Mr. Arnold has sent a letter to the Commissioners of Woods and Forests, requesting to know if they're disposed to purchase the ground opposite to Waterloo Bridge, on a part of which the old theatre stood, with a view to improvement in that quarter. The proposed arrangement is one so calculated to benefit the public, that we suppose the Commissioners will not hesitate to agree to it, especially as they some time ago were in actual treaty with Mr. Arnold for the same ground. The Commissioners have indeed shown, on several occasions, a ready disposition to listen to all reasonable propositions for augmenting the splendour, and multiplying the conveniences of the metropolis.

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