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BACON AND SHAKESPEARE.
AN INQUIRY TOUCHING
PLAYERS, PLAYHOUSES, AND PLAY-WRITERS
IN THE DAYS OF ELIZABETH.
WILLIAM HENRY SMITH, ESQ.
TO WHICH IS APPENDED AN ABSTRACT OF A MS. RESPECTING
36, SOHO SQUARE.
TO HIS READERS AND REVIEWERS.
By the Scotch Review, which bears the outward
semblance of Buchanan, we have been reviled as a
“ Caviller” and a “Smith.” The editor might
have reflected that our names and lineaments we
inherit, whilst our words and actions are our own.
If his pages were as full of wisdom as ours are
free from cavil, the visage without his book, would not be regarded as a mask, whose brains we vainly
seek within ; and the Review might yet hope to
attain a fame coextensive with our namema name
which some wise, and many worthy men, have borne--which, though not unique, is perfectly gen
teel—and which has, of late years, become such a