Lee Sugg

Lee Sugg now became watchful and jealous, and fancying that he also possessed talent for something of which he had caught the first intimation from Mr. Mathews, under the name of Ventriloquism, he from that time put himself forward as one who, to use his own printed account of himself in after-years, possessed "A power which God had given him, and which the devil himself couldn't take away!" In short, after this man had got up a very coarse imitation from his study of what he had heard and seen done, he set up for himself; and few there are who have not heard, or read, in large type, of " Lee Sugg, the great Ventriloquist." Sometimes by his bills it would be seen (not however, till my husband's fame was sufficiently established to make it a worthy boast) that he was "The Original Imitator of Mathews at Home," etc.
Ann Jackson Mathews, Memoirs of Charles Mathews, Comedian, Vol. I, pp. 174-5

Compiled by Steven Connor. as part of The Dumbstruck Archive, a continuing, online supplement to Dumbstruck: A Cultural History of Ventriloquism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000).