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PROLOGUE.

Spoken by Mr. REDDISH.

CRITICS, hark forward! noble game and new;
A fine West Indian started full in view :
Hot as the soil, the clime, which gave him birth,
You'll run him on a burning scent to earth ;
Yet don't devour him in his hiding place;
Bag him, he'll serve you for another chace ;
For sure that country has no feeble claim,
Which swells your commerce, and supports your fame.
And in this humble sketch, we hope you'll find
Some emanations of a noble mind;
Some tittle touches, which, tho' void of art,,
May find perhaps their way into the heart.
Another hero your excuse implores,
Sent by your sister kingdom to your shores ;
Doom'd by Religion's too severe command,
To fight for bread against his native land:
A brave, unthinking, animated rogue,
With here and there a touch upon the brogue.
Laugh, but despise him not, for on his lip
His errors lie; his heart can never trip.
Others there are but may we not prevail
To let the gentry tell their own plain tale ?

Shall they come in? They'll please you, if they can ;
If not, condemn the bard but spare the Man.
For speak, think, alt, or write in angry times,
A wish to please is made the worst of crimes :
Dire slander now with black envenom'd dart,
Stands ever arm'd to stab you to the heart.

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.

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Mere . Mr. Aickin. - Mr. Bannister, Jun. - Mr. Packer. - Mr. Barrymore. - Mr. Moody. - Mr. Benson. . Mr. Suett. - Mr. Baddeley. . Mr. Jones. . Mr. Alfred. - Mr. Lyons.

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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.

SCENE, London.

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STOCKWELL, . .... . Mr. Aickin.
BELCOUR, - , , , - Mr. Lewis.
Captain DUDLEY, . .

Mr. Hull.
CHARLES DUDLEY, .

- Mr. Farren. Major O'FLAHERTY, .

- Mr. Johnstone. STUKELY, - - . - - Mr. Gardner, FULMER, - - -. -. -.- Mr. Thompson. VARLAND,

-- Mr. Quick. Servant to Stockwell, - . . . - Mr. Ledger.

. Women.

Lady RUSPORT, '. . . . Mrs. Webb.
CHARLOTTE RUSPORT, - - - Mrs. Abington.
Louisa, daughter to Dudley, . - .- Miss Tweedale.
Mrs. FULMER, - ... - - Mrs. Davenett.
Lucy, - - - - - n - Miss Stuart,
Housekeeper belonging to Stockwell, - Mrs. White.
Clerks belonging to Stockwell, Servants, Sailors, Negroes, & c.

SCENE, London.

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

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