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Printed for J. Bell, British Library Strand, London, Sep.20.1790.
BY JOHN MILTON.
AS PERFORMED FIRST AT THE
IN THE YEAR 1741.
REGULATED FROM THE PROMPT-BOOK,
By Permission of the Managers.
“ The Lines distinguished by inverted Commas, are omitted in the Representation."
PRINTED FOR THE PROPRIETORS,
BIOGRAPHER TO THE WORLD.
may be necessary exactly 10 state what are the pretensions specifically, of the brief BIOGRAPHY prefixed to these Volumes : -that expectation may not be disappointed, and that blame may not be imputed to him for amissions of what were by no means comprehended in bis plan.
All that is here to be sought, is a concise characteristic Sketch of the Author, to whose play it is prefixed. ANECDOTES that are entirely new, can scarcely be hoped for at this period. Most of these Lives have been narrated in various forms, with minuteness of research, and length of detail. The confined space that can here be allotted, rather prescribes selection from what is known already, than research after novelties to swell the amount.
If, multum in parvo, much in a narrow compass, be found; if the pbilosopbising spirit of Biography render character more perspicuous, and peculiarities prominent; if, exemplifying upon babits and manners, a lesson neither inelegant nor tedious be offered 10 leisure and curiosity; if the errors of the mind be in any degree corrected and reformed, and the social propensities of mankind strengthened and extended; I have my wish.