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“Methought I was—there is no man can tell what. Me.
Midsummer Night's Dream.
PUBLISHED BY G. M. & W. SNIDER.
Entered according to the Act of Congress in the year 1832, by G. M. & W. SNIDER, in the Clerk's office of the District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
The principal occurrences related in the following pages, are here re-modelled from a work of fancy, bearing another name, and first published in England, more than thirty years ago. The objectionable passages are expunged, and the narrative extended, by the addition of a considerable portion of original matter. In its present shape it is now offered; and the perusal will, it is expected, promote not only amusement, but a moral effect on the mind of the reader.
It may be alleged, that the following passage from a work,, said to be written by the late Dr. John Campbell, and entitled Hermippus Redivivus, suggested the first hint of the present performance.
“There happened in the year 1687, an odd accident at Venice that made a very great stir there, and which, I think, deserves to be rescued from oblivion. The great freedom and ease with which all persons, who make a good appearance, live in that city, is known sufliciently to all who are acquainted with it; such, therefore, will not be surprised, that a stranger, who went by the name of Signor Gualdi, and who made a considerable figure there, was admitted into the best company, though nobo