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THE

BRITISH DRAMA;

A COLLECTION OF THE MOST ESTEEMED

TRAGEDIES, COMEDIES, OPERAS, AND FARCES,

IN THE

ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

VOLUME SECOND,

LONDON:

PUBLISHED BY JONES & COMPANY,

3, ACTON PLACE, KINGSLAND ROAD.

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REMARKS. THIS Opera was first performed at Covent Garden, in 1768; and afterwards altered and revived at Drury Lane with the new title of the School for Fathers, which is now usually added to its original name. The Author asserted the entire originality of his production, having borrowed neither character, language, nor incident, from any other Writer. Be this as it may, the piece has considerable claims, not merely as a medium for vocal ability, but from its good sense.

Lionel and his Clarissa, whose delicacy of love is well portrayed, are sure to gain the sympathy of their younger auditors and readers.-Colonel Oldboy supports the old English strength of character, in admirable contrast with the effeminate Mr. Jessamy, who is a good caricature of the modern breed of useless triflers, neither male nor female in their ideas or pursuits, but a nauseous compound of the worst parts of both.-Diana, Sir John Flowerdale, Lady Mary Odbos, and the other characters, are in good keeping with the general tone of this agreeable drama.

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ACT I.

Col. O. Well said, Dy, thank you, Dy.SCENE 1.-A Chamber in COLONEL OLDBOY's daughter entertain me every morning at break

This, Master Jenkins, is the way I make my House.

fast. Come here and kiss me, you slut; come COLONEL OLDBOY is discovered at breakfast, here and kiss me, you baggage. reading a newspaper; at a little distance from Diana. Lord,' papa, you call one such the tea-table sits JENKINS; and on the opposite names side Diana, who appears pluying on a harpsi. ish fine girl! she has got my eye to a twinkle.

Col. o. A fine girl, Master Jenkins, a devilchord; a Girl attending. Diana. Ah, how delightful the morning,

There's tire for you-spirit!-I design to marry

her to a duke: how much money How sweet are the prospects it yields ! | a duke would expect with such a wench? Summer luxuriant adorning The gardens, the groves, and the fields. think there is no occasion to go out of our

Jenk. Why, colonel, with submission, I Be grateful to the season,

own country here; we have never a duke in Its pleasures let's employ ;

it, I believe, but we have many an honest genKind natore gives, and reason

tleman, who, in my opinion, might deserve the Permits us to enjoy.

young lady.

you think

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