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compositions of Garrick, as well as the celebrated Epilogue of Budgell to the Distressed Mother, with the happy addition of a well-timed compliment to an English commander.
ART. VIII. The Lord of the Manor, a Comic Opera, as it is performed at the Theatre Royal Drury-Lane, with a Preface by the Author. 8vo. I s. 6d. Evans. 1781.
TH: comedy is ushered in by a Preface, the greater part of which is filled, according to the custom of modern playwriters, with the most fulsome adulation of the manager, and
aćtors and ačiresses concerned in bringing the piece forward in representation. The Author, indeed, seems half-ashamed of so base an humiliation, and endeavours, like other people who feel they look filly, to turn the matter off with a laugh. The manager and performers are certainly as much indebted to the author of a good play, as the author can possibly be to them; exertion is their trade, the very compact between the theatre and the author: for plays being professedly calculated for representation, they ought in justice, if properly exhibited, to be mofe entertaining on the stage than in the closet. The only portion of the Preface that relates to the publication of the piece is as follows: * This Comedy having abided the decision of the Public, having undergone the strićtures of criticism, and notwithstanding its nume. rous errors, having fortunately met with general approbation, the author hopes he may, in conjunction with other disposers of the drama, be indulged with a few remarks of his own. * The great objection to this play has been the want of plot, a objećtion which the author will not pretend to dispute; but then he begs it may be confidered, that his chief aim in writing was to draw a lively pićture of the manners of high life, characterised by an easy indifference to the vicissitudes of fortune, and a kind of indolent acceptance of every fashionable enjoyment; he therefore imagined an intricacy of plot would ill accord with the delineation of personages, who would not themselves undergo the fatigue of engaging in a mul