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Dogget paid this compliment to George the 1st as being a staunch Whig.

9. Not acted 20 years, Duke of Guise. The Admiral (of France) = Mills: King = Walker: Duke = Ryan: Cardinal Quin: Marguerite = Mrs. Horton r —acted 3 times—here is some strange mistake in the M.S.—in the Duke of Guise there are no such characters as the Admiral and Marguerite; these characters are in the Massacre of Paris—-the King, Duke of Guise, and Cardinal are in both plays—one would conclude that the Massacre of Paris was the play, really acted, were it not that the Duke of Guise is said to be acted again Oct. 30 1716—if the Duke of Guise was the play on this evening, Mills and Mrs. Horton in all probability acted Grillon and Marmoutier.

23. Tempest—last play. (Bills from B. M.J

L. I. F. 1715-1716.

Oct. 4. Spanish Fryar. Dominic = Bullock: Gomez = Spiller.

7. Wife's Relief. Riot = Thurmond : Young Cash■ = Pack: Spitfire = Spiller: Arabella = Mrs. Thurmond: Cynthia = Mrs. Rogers.

10 and 12. Bullock Jun. acted Brazen and Sir Novelty Fashion.

22. Unhappy Favourite. Essex by a Gentleman

for his diversion—probably Rich the Patentee— Queen = Mrs. Knight: Rutland = Mrs. Rogers Jun.

24. Never acted before, 2 Farces, Lucky Prodigal, or Wit at a Pinch, and Woman's Revenge.

Lucky Prodigal. Gerard (an old gentleman) = Griffin: Charles (his son, in love with Lucinda) = Smith: Merlin (his man) = Spiller: A false Marquis (a Frenchman) = C. Bullock: Andrew (an usurer) = Knapp: Jaquinett (Gerard's man) = H. Bullock: Madame Bertrand (an old lady) = Mrs. Kent: Lucinda (her niece, in love with Charles) = Mrs. Vincent: Priscilla (her woman) = Mrs. Spiller :— this is a good Farce—it is professedly taken from the French —it has a strong resemblance to the Intriguing Chambermaid, both the Farces being borrowed from the same piece—see D. L. Jan. 15 1734.

Woman's Revenge, or a Match in Newgate. Vizard Bullock Jun.: Mixum Pack: Bevil = Thurmond: Freeman = Husband: Thinkwell = Bullock: Tom and Padwell = Spiller: Mother Griffin = Mr. Griffin: Corinna = Mrs. Thurmond: Mrs. Mixum = Mrs. Hunt: Celia= Mrs. Vincent: Miranda = Mrs. Spiller :—this piece is in 3 acts—it is taken by C. Bullock from the Revenge, or a Match in Newgate acted at D. G. in 1680—the story, which Vizard tells Mixum as he is shaving him, is improved—an 8th edition of this Farce was printed in 1758.

26. 3d time, for the Author, Lucky Prodigal and Woman's Revenge.

28. Fond Husband. Bubble = Bullock.

Nov. 10. Unhappy Favourite. Essex = Rich :— his name seems to have been in the bill.

17. Devil of a Wife with, never acted there, Pet

ticoat Plotter—there are no characters in the hill— Pack and Bullock no doubt resumed the parts of Plotwell and Thrifty, which they acted originally at D. L. June 5 1712.

29. Plain Dealer. Manly = Keen: Jerry Blackacre = Pack: Novel l Bullock Jun.: Freeman = J. Leigh: Fidelia = Mrs. Rogers Jun.: Olivia = Mrs. Cross.

Dec. 3. Not acted 16 years, Prophetess with new habits, scenes, dresses and decorations. Boxes 6s. —Pit 4s.—1st Gallery 2s. and 6d.—2d Gallery 1s. and 6d.—acted 16 times—Rich revived this play 3 or 4 times, as it gave him an opportunity of displaying his talent for machinery.

15. Squire of Alsatia. Sir W. Belfond = Spiller.

Jan. 3. Provoked Wife. Sir John Brute = Keen: Heartfree = J. Leigh: Constant = Husband: Razor = Pack: Lord Rake = Bullock Jun.: Lady Fanciful = Mrs. Cross: Lady Brute = Mrs. Knight: Belinda = Mrs. Thurmond.

4. Royal Merchant. Florez = J. Leigh: Clause = Keen: Vandunke = Bullock.

24. Confederacy, with a new Farce, called the Cobler of Preston. Toby Guzzle = Spiller: Snuffle = C. Bullock: Grist = Bullock: Sir Jasper Manley = Ogden: Clerimont = Coker: Dorcas Guzzle = Mr. Griffin: Dame Hacket (an alewife) = Mr. Hall: —this F. in one act was written by C. Bullock—in the preface, he acknowledges that the success which he had met with in his business was chiefly owing to Wilks' instructions—regrets that he had offended Wilks by bringing out this piece—and adds—" it is "true I did hear there was a Farce in Rehearsal at "D. L. called the Cobler of Preston, and that it was "taken from Shakspeare—I thought it might be of "as good service to our stage as the other—so I set "to work on Friday morning, Jan. 20, finished it "on the Saturday following, and it was acted the "Tuesday after—which expedition, I hope, will be "an excuse for the many faults that are in it"—C. Bullock's Farce is a mere trifle, but on the whole better than Johnson's piece, as he avoids all political allusions—and manages the trick played on Sly in a more probable manner—Dorcas Guzzle and Dame Hacket had quarrelled—they come to Sir Jasper for justice—he refers them to Guzzle—Guzzle orders them to be ducked in the river—when Guzzle has gotten drunk and fallen asleep, Sir Jasper's servants dress him in his own clothes, and place him where they found him—Dame Hacket and his wife beat him—he beats them in return—Guzzle finds a purse in his pocket—and this makes them all friends —Bullock makes considerable use of Shakspeare's own words—his Farce was acted about 16 times—a 5th edition of it was printed in 1767.

Jan. 28. Prophetess—No person can be admitted to stand on the stage.

Feb. 7. Never acted, Fatal Vision, or the Fall of Siam—this T. is printed without the names of the performers—it is far from a bad play, but it is so remote from any thing in real life that it does not please—the plot is romantic, intricate, and not very clearly unravelled.

21. Never acted, Perfidious Brother. Sebastian = Keene: Roderick = Smith: Beaufort = J. Leigh: Gonsalvo = Corey: Luciana (wife to Sebastian) = = Mrs. Rogers: Selinda (daughter to Gonsalvo) = Mrs. Rogers Jun.:—acted 4 times—Sebastian and Roderick are brothers, and nephews to Gonsalvo— Sebastian returns to Brussels after an absence of two years—he brings his friend Beaufort with him —on the next morning Roderick tells Sebastian, that Luciana had been false to him, while he was away, with one Bellario, and that he suspected her of being too partial to Beaufort—Sebastian, tho' hitherto very fond of Luciana, is yet so egregiously foolish as to believe all that Roderick says without the slightest proof—he accuses his wife of adultery and quarrels with his friend—in the 5th act, Gonsalvo gets into Luciana's chamber, and attempts to ravish her—she cries out—Beaufort comes to her assistance—Roderick makes Sebastian believe, that he and Gonsalvo found Luciana and Beaufort in shameful privacy— Sebastian gives Beaufort a challenge—he accepts it —Roderick stabs Gonsalvo, supposing him to be Sebastian—Gonsalvo acknowledges the guilt of himself and Roderick—Sebastian and Luciana are reconciled —Beaufort is united to Selinda—the merit of having written this play is disputed between Theobald and Mestayer—the latter was a Watchmaker—Theobald says in his preface, that Mestayer brought him the story wrought up into something meant for a Tragedy; and that he agreed to make it fit for the stage on certain conditions—he hints that Mestayer did not understand either English or grammar—Mestayer published his play—he allows that he had revised it -rhe adds—" upon the perusal of the following sheets, "you will find the plot entirely my own; not so "much as an entrance being vary'd by the Corrector,

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