J.L. Fitzpatrick (1823(?)-1851) was an official in the Colonial Office in Cape Town, writer and an amateur actor.
He had training in letters and literature and a fine collection of Shakespeare texts, and edited the Cape of Good Hope Literary Magazine for a number of years.
He was an active member of Captain Hall's Company (i.e. in the Garrison Players), often playing leading roles, especially in productions of Shakespeare, which he promoted within the company. He appears to have been the company's treasurer in 1850. In 1851, at the age of 28, he apparently committed suicide in a fit of depression.
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