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Introductory Letter to Mrs.
Of

Castle,
GLAMORGANSIIRE,
Upon the Origin of the DRAMA, &c. &c. &c.

By ROBERT MANSEL,
Of the Theatres Royal YORK and HOLL.

LIKEWISE,
A DISCOURSE

ON THE

Lawfulness and Unlawfulness of Plays;

WRITTEN BY THE

LEARNED FATHER CAFFARO,

DIVINITY PROFESSORAT PARIS.

* Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment."

JOHN vil. 24.
“ Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your
hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men, is abomination, in the
sight of God.”

LUKE Xvi, 15,

HULL:
PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR, AND J. CRAGGS; AND SOLD

BY LONGMAN, XURST, REES, ORME, AND
BROWN, PATERNOSTER-ROW, LONDON;

AND WILSON AND SON, YORK.

1814.

Malone I. 147.

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TO THE PUBLIC.

The following subscription originated wilh some friends of Mr. Mansel, who wished to secure him from the possibility of sustaining a pecuniary loss. At the same time, in compli. ment to his feelings, they declined attempting by personal application or solicitation to swell the list beyond the end designed. This friendly and delicate mode of promoting his interest, without compromising his honour, claims his warmest pratitude, and will, at once, explain the cause of the work's appearing with such aid, and account for the paucity of tho numbers,

To those who have favoured him with their assistance, and voluptary support, to accomplish the object proposed, he tenders his sincere thanks. lle is convinced by their coming forward unsolicited, that they will appreciate the value of grateful acknowledgments from a man too proud to beg, and too just to receive a favour with silence and indifference. He is aware that many of his brother performers (particularly those with whom he has had the pleasure of associating) will be surprised, if not hurt, at the apparent neglect which has been evinced towards them, in not being apprised of his intention to publish by subscription.

In his own defence, he can only state, that it was his original purpose to have forwarded a prospectus to every

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