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A farce, in Two Acts.

AS PERFORMED AT

HE THEATRE ROYAL, DRURY LANE.

BY

THOMAS DIBDIN,
uthor of Past Ten o'clock, Twenty per Cent, The Cabinet, Jew and

Doctor, Birth-day, Metrical History of England, &c. fc.

CORRECTLY GIVEN, FROM COPIES USED IN THE THEATRE.

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Printed at the Chiswick Press,

BY C. WHITTINGHAM;
FOR WHITTINGHAM AND ARLISS, PATERNOSTER

ROW, LONDON.

TARVARD UNIVERSITY

! IRRARY

MAY 18 2005

TO

WILLIAM DOWTON,

This Farce

IS MUST THANKFULLY INSCRIBED,

BY

THE AUTHOR.

The groundwork of the following bagatelle is to be found in a French piece, named after a celebraied one by Plautus, which Shakspeare and Terence bave not disdained to copy.

It is a question whether either of those great anthors were ever seconded by such actors as those who have supported this farce. Mr. Dowton and Mr. Knight mnst be seen, to estimate the anthor's obligations to them; Mr. Oxberry has made much out of nothing; and to Mr. Bartley, independent of his acting, many thanks are due from circumstances of a private nature.

The part of the Housekeeper was originally written as a Scotchwoman, to suit the talents of a very respected actress, whose appearance was unexpectedly prevented by a most serious domestic calamity: Mrs. Harlowe, at a very short notice, undertook the character, and has, in its preseut state, made it of consequence to the piece.

To each of the other performers named in the dramatis persona, the most sincere and wellmarked acknowledgments are respectfully tendered.

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.
As originally acted at Drury Lane, 1816.
Colonel Touchwood

Mr. Dowton. Major Touchwood.

Mr. Barlley. Mordaunt

Mr. Kent. Colonel Clifford

Mr. Barnard. Sharp, Valet to Major Touchwood

Mr. Knight. Brief, a Lawyer

Mr. Hughes. Snaggs, a country Dentist

Mr. Oxberry. First Officer .

Mr. Cooke. Second Officer

Mr. Ebsworth. Postboy

Mr. Minton, Robert

Mr. Baxton. Thomas

Mr. Jameson. Servants to Colonel TouchWilliam

Mr. Evans. Harry

Mr. Coveney. John

Mr. Appleby.

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Colonel Touchwood's Mrs. Prudence Housekeeper, and

Mrs. Harlowe. Governess to his

Daughter Clarissa, Daughter to Col. Touchwood Mrs. Orger. Sophia, Niece to Col. Touchwood . . . Miss Ivers.

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SCENE I. A Village.

Enter SNAGGS. Snaggs. Dear, dear, dear, dear! what a busy day. I don't wonder your dentistes in London make fortin, when I have pulled out fifteen shillings worth of teeth, taken three likenesses, and got double postage for carrying a letter, all in one day. Sharp. (Entering] Snaggs! Mr. Snaggs!

Snaggs. Eh! who wants me? any body with the toothach:

Sharp. Has he got it? Snaggs. Who? Sharp. Mr. Mordaunt, you blockhead! Did you deliver the letter:

Snaggs. Yes; and be read it, and chuckled, and asked if it come from a lady; so I put on an insignificant look-so—and he was pleased, and gave me as much as you had done.

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