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THE

BRITISH DRAMA;

A COLLECTION OF THE MOST ESTEEMED

TRAGEDIES, COMEDIES, OPERAS, AND FARCES,

IN THE

ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

VOLUME SECOND.

LONDON:

PUBLISHED BY JONES & COMPANY,
i, ACTON PLACE, KINGSLAND ROAD.

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REMARKS.

TIUS Opera was first performed at Coven t Garden, In 1768; and afterwards altered and revived at Drury Lane with the new title of the School for Fathers, which is now usually added to its original name. The Author asserted the entire originality of his production, having borrowed neither character, language, nor incident, from any other writer. Be tins aa it may, the piece has considerable claims, not merely as a medium for vocal ability, but from its rood tense.

Land and his Clarissa, whose delicacy of love is well portrayed, are sure to gain the sympathy of their younger i and readers.—Colonel Oldboy supports the old English strength of character, in admirable contrast with the s Mr. Jcssamy, who is a good caricature of the modern breed of useless triflers, neither male nor female in r pursuits, but a nauseous compound of the worst parts of both.—Diana, Sir John Flowcrdale, Lady Mary Otdboy, and the other characters, are in good keeping with the general tone of thit agreeable drama.

DRAMATIS Personje.

COVENT GARDEN, 176*

Lionel, Mr. Vernon.

Sir John Flowerdale,
Colonel Oldboy,
Mb. Jessamy, .
Harman, . . .
Jenkins, . . .

Clarissa, . . . .
Lady Mary Oldboy,

Diana,

Jenny

Mr. Aitkin.
Mr. Parsons. .
Mr. Dodd. . .
Mr. Fawcett. .
Mr. Bannister.

Mrs. Baddeley.
Mrs. Hopkins.
Mrs. Wrighten.

Drury Lane, mt.
Mr. Phillips.
Mr. Powell.
Mr. Dowton.
Mr. Decamp.
Mr. Pyne.
Mr. Smith.

Mrs. Dickons.
Mrs. Sptrks.
Miss Kelly.
Mrs. Bland.

ACT I.

SCENE I.A Chamber in Colonel Oldboy's
House.

Colonel Oldboy is discovered at breakfast,
reading a newspaper; at a little distance from
ike tea-table sits Jenkins; and on the opposite
•diana, who appears playing on a harpsi-
i; a Girl attending.

Ditna. Ah, how delightful the morning,

How sweet are the prospects it yields! Summer luxuriant adorning

The gardenB, the groves, and the fields. Be grateful to the season,

lis pleasures let's employ; Kind nature gives, and reason

Permits us to enjoy.

Col. O. Well said, Dy, thank you, Dy

This, Master Jenkins, is the way I make my daughter entertain me every morning at breakfast. Come here and kiss me, you slut; come here and kiss me, you baggage.

Diana. Lord, papa, you call one such names—

Cot. O. A fine girl, Master Jenkins, a devilish fine girl! she has got my eye to a twinkle. There's fire for you—spirit!—1 design to marry her to a duke: how much money do you think a duke would expect with such a wench f

Jenk. Why, colonel, with submission, I think there is no occasion to go out of our own country here; we have never a duke in it, I believe, but we have many an honest gentleman, who, in my opinion, might deserve the young lady.

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