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AVING recommended this play to

the town, and delivered the copy of it to the bookseller, I think myself obliged to give some account of it. : It had been some years in the hands of the author, and falling under my perusal, I thought fo well of it, that I persuaded him to make some additions and alterations to it, and let it appear upon the stage. I own I was very highly pleased with it, and liked it the better, for the want of those studied fimilies and repartees, which we, who have writ before him, have thrown into our plays, to indulge and gain upon a false taste that has prevailed for many I 5

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years in the British theatre. I believe the author would have condefcended to fall into this way a little more than he has, had he before the writing of it been often present at theatrical representations. firmed in my thoughts of the play, by the opinion of better judges to whom it was communicated, who obferved that the scenes were drawn after Moliere's manner, and that an easy and natural vein of humour ran through the whole,

I do not question but the reader will difcover this, and fee many beauties that escaped the audience; the touches being too delicate for every taste in a popular assembly. My brother-sharers were of opinion, at the first reading of it, that it was like a picture in which the strokes were not strong enough to appear at a distance, As it is not in the common way of writing, the approbation was at first, doubtful, but has

risen

every time it has been acted, and has given an opportunity in several of its parts for as just and good action as 'ever I saw on the stage.

The reader will consider that I speak here, not as the author, but as the patentee. Which is, perhaps, the reason why I am not diffufe in the praise of the play, left I should seem like a man who cries up his own wares only to draw in customers.

RICHARD STEELE.

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