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What! five long acts—and all to make us wiser Our authoress sure has wanted an adviser. Had she consulted me, she should have made Her moral play a speaking masquerade: Warm'd up each bustling scene, and in her rage
Have emptied all the green-room on the stage:
From The Sister: a comedy. By Mrs. Charlotte Lennor. 1769. — This comedy was acted at Covent-garden theater on the 18th of February, 1769. It was not repeated. The epilogue was spoken by Mrs. Bulkley, who had personated Miss Autumn. —Charlotte Ramsay, a native of America, came to England in early life; married a Mr. Lennox; and devoted herself to authorship. She was much esteemed by Johnson, Garrick, and other persons of eminence. The most remarkable of her numerous works are: The Female Quixote, a clever novel; the Memoirs of Sully, a standard translation; and The Sister, an amusing closet-drama. This ingenious woman, who deserved all the honors and emoluments of literature, died in reduced circumstances, in 1804.
My life on 't, this had kept her play from sinking ;
Thus 'tis with all — their chief and constant care
Is to seem every thing but what they are. 26
Yon broad, bold, angry spark, I fix my eye on,
Do you spare her, and I’ll for once spare you. 44
In these bold times, when learning's sons explore The distant climate, and the savage shore — When wise astronomers to India steer,
And quit for Venus many a brighter here —
From Zobeide. A tragedy. [By Joseph Cradock, esq.] 1771. —The manuscript prologue was accompanied by this note: “Mr. Goldsmith presents his best respects to Mr. Cradock, has sent him the prologue, such as it is. He can not take time to make it better. He begs he will give Mr. Yates the proper instructions; and so, even so, he commits him to fortune, and the public.” – Zobeide was first acted at Covent-garden theater on the 11th of December, 1771. The prologue was spoken by Mr. Quick, in the character of a sailor. — Line 3. When rise astronomers, etc. Lieut. Cook, who had been sent out in 1768 to observe the transit of Venus at Otaheite, cast anchor in the Downs on the 12th of July, 1771. The astronomers alluded to are Cook and Green; the botanists, Banks and Solander. Line 11. With Scythian stores. The scene of the tragedy is Scythia. – Joseph Cradock, a native of Leicester, was educated at Cambridge. He left the university without graduating; but, in 1765, was created A.M. per literas regias.
While botanists, all cold to smiles and dimpling,
Yon ill-foreboding cloud seems big with thunder;
[Upper gallery. There mangroves spread, and larger than I’ve seen them — [Pit.
Here trees of stately size—and turtles in them; 20 [Balconies.
He was a proficient in music; a clever amateur-actor; and wrote four volumes entitled Memoirs. Zobeide, above noticed, is translated from Les Scythes of Voltaire. Mr. Cradock died in 1826