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THE

LONDON THEATRE.

A COLLECTION OF THE

Most celebrated Dramatic Pieces.

CORRECTLY GIVEN, FROM COPIES USED IN THE THEATRES,

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LONDON:
PRINTED FOR WHITTINGHAM AND ARLISS,

PATERNOSTER ROW.

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THE

RECRUITING OFFICER.

A Comedy.
BY GEORGE FARQUHAR, ESQ.

CORRECTLY GIVEN, FROM COPIES USED IN THE THEATRES,

BY
THOMAS DIBDIN,
OF THE THEATRE ROYAL, DRURY LANE.

Author of several Dramatic Pieces.

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Printed at the Chiswick Press,

BY C. WHITTINGHAM;
FOR WHITTINGHAM AND ARLISS, PATERNOSTER

ROW, LONDON.

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THE RECRUITING OFFICER

Was first acted at Drury Lane in 1705, and was written at Shrewsbury while the author was actually on the recruiting service, and “ by all accounts he was the very character he has drawn under the name of Captain Plume.” Justice Balance was written in compliment to Mr. Berkeley, then recorder of Shrewsbury; Sylvia was that gentleman's daughter; Melinda, a miss Harnage, of Balsadine, near the Wrekin; Worthy, a Mr. Owen, of Russason; and Brazen, we believe, the ențire offspring of Farquhar's fancy. This comedy is pronounced by a good critic to be one of the most standard and established comedies of the British stage: its pruriencies however call for great curtailment before it can be as attractive to the ladies as, strange to say, when it was first acted.

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