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Upon the Origin of the DRAMA, &c. &c. &c.
"Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment."
"Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your
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The following subscription originated with 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 gratitude, and will, at once, explain the cause of the work's appearing with such aid, and account for the paucity of the numbers.
To those who have favoured him with their assistance, and voluntary support, to accomplish the object proposed, he tenders his sincere thanks. He 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.