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G. KEARSLY, in Ludgate-street; T. DAVI'E s, in
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TO HIS GRACE
WILLIAM Duke of DEVONSHIRE,
Lord Chamberlain of his Majesty's Houshold.
HE MINOR, who is indebted for his appearTA
ance on the stage, to your grace's indulgence, begs leave to desire your further protection, at his entering into the world,
Though the allegiance due from the whole dramatic people to your grace's station, might place this address in the light of a natural tribute ; yet, my lord, ! fhould not have taken that liberty with the duke of Devonshire, if I could not, at the same time, plead fome little utility in the design of my piece; and add, that the public approbation has stamped a value on the execution.
The law, which threw the stage under the absolute government of a lord chamberlain, could not fail to fill the minds of all the objects of that power, with very gloomy apprehensions; they found themselves (through their own licentiousness, it must be confess’d) in a more precarious dependant state, than any other of his majesty's subjects. But when their direction was lodged in the hands of a nobleman, whose ancestors had so fuccessfully struggled for national liberty, they ceased to fear for their own.
It was not from a patron of the liberal arts, they were to expect an oppressor ; it was not from the friend of freedom, and of man, they were to dread partial monopolies, or the establishment of petty tyrannies. A 2