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• THE GAMESTER;
IN FIVE ACTs;
By EDWARD MOORE.
As PERFORMED AT THE THEATRES-Roy AL,
DRURY-LANE AND COVENT-GARDEN.
PRINTED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE MANAGERS
FROM THE PROMPT BOOK.
By MRS INCHBALD.
PRINTED FOR LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND BROWN, PATERNOSTER-ROW,
This tragedy is accounted of high moral tendency, as it paints the pernicious consequences of gaming in their blackest colours. The author's design has been a proper one, and he has produced a very affecting and ingenious drama from his materials. Yet surely its power of deterring one single gamester from his visionary pursuits, seems as improbable as the converting to reason the strayed minds of Moor Fields by the force of argument. Gaming is no passion—it is a disease;—it cannot be called avarice, for the prodigal, of all others, delights in it;-it is not ambition, for the careless and the vile resort to it;-it is not love, for it predominates over all tender affections. Still it may be urged, that gaming inspires ardent hope; but anxious hope of winning money, and agonizing fear of losing money, without the love of momey, is a contrariety of sentiment that is produced by some latent defect in the brain, which neither plays nor sermons can ever remedy. This tragedy is calculated to have a very different effect upon the stage and in the closet. An auditor, deluded into pity by the inimitable acting of a Mrs Siddons and a Mr Kemble, in Mr and Mrs Beverley,