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Spoken by Mr. REDDISH.
CRITICS, hark forward! noble game and new;
Shall they come in? They'll please you, if they can ;
Rouse, Britons, rouse, for honour of your isle, Your old good humour ; and be seen to smile. You say we write not like our fathers- true, Nor were our fathers half so stri&t as you, Damn'd not each error of the poet's pen, But, judging man, remember'd they were men. Aw'd into silence by the time's abuse, Sleeps many a wise, and many a witty muse : We that for mere experiment come out, Are but the light arm'd rangers on the scout : High on Parnassus' lofty summit stands The immortal camp; there lie the chosen bands, But give fair quarter to us puny elves, The giants then will sally forth themselves ; With wit's sharp weapons vindicate the age, And drive eu'n Arthur's magic from the Stage.
Mere . Mr. Aickin. - Mr. Bannister, Jun. - Mr. Packer. - Mr. Barrymore. - Mr. Moody. - Mr. Benson. . Mr. Suett. - Mr. Baddeley. . Mr. Jones. . Mr. Alfred. - Mr. Lyons.
Women. Lady RUSPORT, ..
• Mrs. Hopkins. CHARLOTTE RUSPORT, - - - Mrs. Goodall. LOUISA, daugbter to Dudley, - - Mrs. Kemble. Mrs. FULMER, - - - - Miss Tidswell. LUCY, . .
- Mrs. Shaw. Housekeeper belonging to Stockwell, - Mrs. Heard. Clerks belonging to Stockwell, Servants, Sailors, Negroes, &c.
STOCKWELL, . .... . Mr. Aickin.
- Mr. Farren. Major O'FLAHERTY, .
- Mr. Johnstone. STUKELY, - - . - - Mr. Gardner, FULMER, - - -. -. -.- Mr. Thompson. VARLAND,
-- Mr. Quick. Servant to Stockwell, - . . . - Mr. Ledger.
Lady RUSPORT, '. . . . Mrs. Webb.
THE WEST INDIAN.
ACT I. SCENE 1.
A Merchant's Compting-House. In an inner Room, set off
by Glass-Doors, are discovered several Clerks, employed at their Desks. A Writing-Table in the front Room. STOCKwell is discovered, reading a Letter; STUKELY comes gently out of the back Room, and observes him some Time before he speaks.
Stukely.. He seems disordered: something in that letter, and I'm afraid of an unpleasant sort. He has many ventures of great account at sea ; a ship richly freighted for Barcelona ; another for Lisbon ; and others ex. pected from Cadiz of still greater value. Besides these, I know he has many deep concerns in foreign bottoms, and underwritings to a vast amount. I'll accost him. Sir! Mr. Stockwelli
Stock. Stukelyl. Well, have you shipp'd the cloths
Stuke. I have, sir; here's the bill of lading, and copy of the invoice : the assortments are all com