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7. The Minor, a comedy of three a&ts, 8vo. 1760. This piece was first represented in the summer season, at the Little Theatre in the Haymarket; and though it was performed by an entirely young and unexperienced company, it brought full houses for thirty-eight nights in that time of the year. As the principal merit of all our anthor's writings consists in the drawing of peculiar characters well known in real life, which he heightened by his own manner of perfonating the originals on the stage, it will be necessary to inform posterity, that in the characters of Mrs. Cole and Mr. Smirk, the author represented those of the celebrated Mother Douglas, and Mr. Langford, the auctioneer and that in the conclusion, or rather epilogue to the piece, spoken by Shift, which the author performed together with the other two characters, he took off, to a great degree of exactness, the manner and even person of that noted preacher, and chief of the Methodists, Mr. George Whitefield. Indeed, so happy was the success of this pièce, in one respect, that it seemed more effectually to open our eyes, those of the populace especially, in regard to the absurdities of that set of enthusiasts, than all the more serious writings that had ever been published against them.
8. The Lyar, a comedy of three acts, 8vo. 1764. This comedy was originally intended to have been performed during the summer partnership between Mr. Murphy and the author ; but the run of those pieces they had before brought on, and the unexpected necessity of playing the Wishes, having exhausted the time limitted for their representation, this was obliged to be deferred till the ensuing winter, when it was represented, for the first time, at the theatre in Co. vent-Garden. Its success was very
indifferent ; and indeed it must be confessed, that it was in itself far from equal to the generality of our author's works. Though there were here and there some strokes of humour in it, which were not unworthy of their author, and some few touches of temporary satire, yet the character of the Lyar had certainly neither native originality enough in it to please as a novelty, nor additional beauties fufficient either in his dress or demeanour, to excite a fresh attention to him as a new acquaintance. In short, on the whole, it was rather tedious and unentertaining, having neither enough of the vis comica to keep up the attention of an audience through so many acts as a farce, nor a sufficiency of incident and senuiment to engage their hearts, if considered under the denomination of a comedy, yet it has fince been often acted as a farce.
9. The Orators, a comedy of three acts, 8vo. 1762. This piece, which met with very good success, was performed at the Little Theatre in the Haymarket, in the middle of the day, during some
part of the summer of 1762. Our author has thrown into the design of this piece a great variety of characters, some of which have been fupposed to be drawn from real life, particularly one of a late printer of Ireland, who, with all the disadvantages of age, person, and address, and even the deficiency of a leg, was perpetually giving himself airs of the greatest importance, continually repeating stories of his wit, and boasting of being a favourite of the fair sex. Such a character is surely a genuine object of ridicule, and the stage seems to demand it as a sacrifice at the shrine of common sense.
10. The Mayor of Garrat, a comedy of two acts, performed at the theatre in the Haymarket in 1763, and printed in 8vo. in 1769. In this very humorous and entertaining piece, the character of Major Sturgeon, a city militia officer, is entirely new, highly wrought up, and was performed in a molt capital stile by Mr. Foote himself,
11. The Patron, a comedy of three aêts, performed at the Haymarket in 1764. The hint is
borrowed borrowed from one of Marmontel's Tales. The character of the Patron, said to be Lord Mel. combe, is that of a superficial pretender to wit and learning, who, being a man of fashion and fortune, affords his countenance and protection to a set of contemptible writings, for the sake of the incense offered by them to his vanity. The character of a mere antiquarian, a favourite ob- . ject of ridicule with Mr. Foote, is here introduced with great pleasantry, Mr. Ruft having fallen in love with a fine young lady, because he thought the tip of her ear resembled the Princess Popæa. Sir Peter Pepperpot, a rich West India merchant, comes in likewise, with his account of barbecues and turtle feasts; and a miserable poet, with a low Moorfields bookseller, serve to complete the entertainment.
. 12. The Commissary, a comedy, acted with great success, at the Haymarket in 1765. Among other real characters drawn from life, the late celebrated Dr. Arne was ridiculed in this comedy,
13. Prelude on opening the Theatre, 1767.
14. The Devil upon two Sticks, a comedy, acted at the Haymarket in. 1768, printed in 8vo. in 1778. This was one of the most successful' of our author's performances; but though it abounds with wit, humour, and satire of the most pleasant
and inoffensive kind, yet it seems to have lost itsexistence with its parent.
; 15. The Lame Lover, a comedy, acted at the Haymarket in 1770. Though this piece was by no means inferior to any other of his writing, yet it did not meet with the deserved success. Sir Luke Limp, the Serjeant, and his son, are admirably drawn characters.
16. The Maid of Bath, a comedy, acted at the Haymarket in 1771, and printed in 8vo. in 1778. The ground work of this very interesting performance is taken from a transaction which happened at Bath, in which a person of fortune! was faid to have treated a young lady celebrated for her musical talents in a very ungenerous manner. The delinquent is here held yp to ridicule under the name of Hint, and it will be difficult to point out a character drawn with more truth and accuracy than this, especially in the second act. The parts of Lady Catherine Coldstream, Sir Christopher Cripple, and Billy Button, are all highly finished, and render this piece one of the most pleasing of all our author wrote,
The Nabob, a comedy, acted at the Haymarket in 1772, and printed in 8vo. in 1778. This piece is a severe satire on the greater part