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A farce, in Two Acts.
AS PERFORMED AT
HE THEATRE ROYAL, DRURY LANE.
Doclor, Birth-day, Metrical History of England, fc. &c.
CORRECTLY GIVEN, FROM COPIES USED IN THE THEATRE.
Printed at the Chiswick Press,
BY C. WHITTINGHAM;
IS MUST THANKFULLY INSCRIBED,
The groundwork of the following bagatelle is to be found in a French piece, named after a celebraied one by Plautus, which Shakspeare and Terence bave not disdained to copy.
It is a question whether either of those great anthors were ever seconded by such actors as those who have supported this farce. Mr. Dowton and Mr. Knight must be seen, to estimate the anthor's obligations to them; Mr. Oxberry has made much out of nothing; and to Mr. Bartley, independent of his acting, many thanks are due from circumstances of a private nature.
The part of the Housekeeper was originally written as a Scotchwoman, to suit the talents of a very respected actress, whose appearance was unexpectedly prevented by a most serious domestic calamity: Mrs. Harlowe, at a very short notice, undertook the character, and has, in its preseut state, made it of consequence to the piece.
To each of the other performers named in the dramatis personæ, the most sincere and wellmarked acknowledgments are respectfully tendered.
Mr. Dowton. Major Touchwood.
Mr. Barlley. Mordaunt
Mr. Kent. Colonel Clifford
Mr. Barnard. Sharp, Valet to Major Touchwood
Mr. Knight. Brief, a Lawyer
Mr. Hughes. Snaggs, a country Dentist
Mr. Oxberry. First Officer .
Mr. Cooke. Second Officer
Mr. Ebsworth. Postboy
Mr. Minton, Robert
Mr. Baxton. Thomas
Mr. Jameson. Servants to Colonel TouchWilliam
Mr. Evans. Harry
Mr. Coveney. John
Colonel Touchwood's Mrs. Prudence Housekeeper, and
Mrs. Harlowe. Governess to his
Daughter Clarissa, Daughter to Col. Touchwood Mrs. Orger. Sophia, Niece to Col. Touchwood . . . Miss Ivers.
SCENE I. A Village.
Enter SNAGGS. Snaggs. Dear, dear, dear, dear! what a busy day. I don't wonder your dentistes in London make fortins, when I have pulled out fifteen shillings worth of teeth, taken three likenesses, and got Houble postage for carrying a letter, all in one day. Sharp. [Entering] Snaggs! Mr. Snaggs!
Snuggs. Eh! who wants me? any body with the toothach:
Sharp. Has he got it?
Sharp. Mr. Mordaunt, you blockhead! Did you deliver the letter:
Snaggs. Yes; and be read it, and chuckled, and asked if it come from a lady; so 1 pot on an insignificant look-$0—and he was pleased, and gave me as much as you bad done.