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MR. R. B. PEAKE,
TREASURER OF THE THEATRE-ROYAL, ENGLISH OPERA.
As a Dedication is a common appendage to the printed copy of a Dramatic production, the
very long acquaintance I have had with you, will, I am convinced, authorize the liberty I take, in inscribing this trifle to you-Indeed apology is unnecessary; since I am fully assured that I have your kind permission to do so. Had I not received such sanction, I should have been induced to act in the same manner, from a conscious feeling, that there is no person in existence to whom I could have offered such an effusion with so much propriety.
Allow me, Sir, with the utmost gratitude to thank you for the friendly zeal and solicitude, with which you attended the getting up of my Piece; and publicly to acknowledge the many judicious hints and alterations you made during its rehearsal.
I am also under great obligations, for the extreme punctuality and alacrity with which you executed the duties of your office, in obeying the orders of the Proprietor of the English Opera House, in regard to the emolument accruing to my very humble labours.
And ardent Well-wisher,
Sept. 4th, 1818.
The Author of this Trifle cannot permit its appearance in the present shape, without most sincerely offering his best Thanks to all Persons concerned, which he attempts to do in the same style as the Directors of the Society of Arts dispense their Premiums, (Gold Medals, &c. &c. excepted).
TO S. J. ARNOLD, ESQ. PROJECTOR AND SOLE PROPRIETOR OF THE ENGLISH
1. For an extraordinary discovery of the Author's Brains,
setting them to work, cherishing an awkward machine produced thereby, correcting the errors, lopping off the excrescences, and causing it to work easily-Lasting Attachment, and a Thousand Thanks.
TO GEORGE BARTLEY, ESQ. 2. For a correctly-drawn Portrait of a simple-hearted Old
Man, the Character forcibly kept up, and the Colouring goodAs many Thanks as he will accept, and a Hundred Wishes for his Prosperity in the New World.
TO JOHN PRITT HARLEY, ESQ. 3. For a Model of a Machine for Perpetual Motion and ever
lasting Pleasantry A Good Part in the next New Farce.
TO BENJAMIN WRENCH, ESQ. 4. For a very extraordinary transition, from unequivocal su
periority in light Comedy, to decided excellence in broad Farce-A good Dinner, should he ever be as wretched as the part he represents, which Heaven forbid !