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James Hewlett (1778 -1836) was an actor.
Hewlett is believed to have been a tailor and waiter who also performed on-man shows.
He went on to perform in the African Company at William Alexander Brown's tea garden and then his African Grove Theatre in lower Manhattan.
Hewlett was a servant boy for actor George Frederick Cooke and learned to imitate his actions and attitude. A December 22, 1825 article in The Star said, “Hewlett…must have had a natural talent for theatrical performances and an excellent voice, or he could never have surmounted his early difficulties". 
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