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THE

COMPANION

TO THE

PLAY-HOUSE:

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An Hiftorical ACCOUNT of all the Dramatic
WRITERS (and their Works) that have
appeared in Great Britain and Ireland,

FROM THE

Commencement of our Theatrical EXHIBITIONS,
down to the Present Year 1764.

Compofed in the Form of a DICTIONARY,
Fo the more readily turning to any particular
AUTHOR, or PERFORMANCE.

VOL II.

CONTAINING

The Lives and Productions of every Dramatic Writer for the English
or Irish THEATRES, including not only all thofe Memoirs that
have been formerly written, but alfo a great Number of ne
Lives and curious Anecdotes never before communicated to t
Public.-Alfo the Lives of our most celebrated Actors, who v
likewise Authors of any Theatrical Compofition, from SHA Ace
SPEAR and JOHNSON, down to the prefent Times.

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Printed for T. BECKET and P. A. DEHONDT,, from
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T. DAVIES, in Ruffel-Street, Covent-Garden.,

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Salilbury

Referend

Mr.

THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

163233

ASTOR, LENOX AND

TILDEN FOUNDATIONS.

1899.

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Thefe for the Stage, but only published for the more undifturb'd Perufal of the Clofet. It is called,

Initials we find prefixed to a Dramatic Piece, entitled,

The Valiant Welch

man, Tragi-Com. None of the Writers give any Account of this Author, nor even hint at his real Name, yet I cannot help venturing one Conjecture in Regard to him, which is, that I think it not improbable to be Mr. Robert Armin, Author of a Comedy called the Hiftory of the Two Maids of Moore Clacke. -There being fome Refemblance in the Manner and Stile of the two Titles, and the Difference of only fix Years in their Dates, the laft-nam'd Piece having been pub Jifhed in the Year 1609, and this before us in 1615.

ADAMS, George, M. A.This is, I believe, a living Author, but has made only one Attempt in the dramatic Way, and that probably not even intended

The Life and Death of SoPHOCLES. Hift. Play. ADDISON, Jofeph, Efq;-This very great Ornament to the Age be lived in, his own Country in particular, and to the Caufe of polite Literature in general, was Son of the Rev. Dr. Launcelot Addifon, who afterwards became Dean of Litchfield and Coventry, but at the Time of this Son's Birth was Rector of Milefion, near Ambrofbury, Wilts, at which Place the Subject of our prefent Confideration receiv'd his vital Breath, on the 1ft Day of May, 1672.He was very early fent to School to Ambrof being put under the Care of the Rev. Mr. Naifh, then Mafter of that School; from thence, as foon as he had received the first Rudiments of Literature, he was removed to Silbury School, taught by the Reverend

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