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SUITED FOR LONGMAN, HURST, REES, AND ORME, PATER.
TO THE READER.
I Hough I have already met with so much indulgence from the public for a work obscured with many faults, and might venture, without great mistrust, to bring before it ,the Plays which I now offer, unaccompanied by any previous demand upon the attention of my reader, which is generally an unwelcome thing, I must nevertheless beg for a few minutes to trespass upon his patience.—It has been and still is, my strongest desire to add a few pieces to the stock of what may be called our national or permanently acting plays, how unequal soever my abilities may be to the object of my ambition *. I have, therefore, in the "Series of Plays," though pursuing a particular plan, endeavoured fully to delineate the character of the chief person of each drama, independently of his being the subject of a particular passion; so that we might have an idea of what kind of a man he would have been had no
* See p.ige 58. of the introduction to the "Series of Plays."