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PLAYS,

DRAMAS, FARCES, EXTRAVAGANZAS,

BTO. ETC.

AS PBRFORMED AT THE VARIOUS TURATRRS.

VOLUME 77.

CONTAINING

HERNANI.
ALWAYS INTENDED.
CLARISSA HARLOWE.
SIX MONTHS AGO.
POUL-A-DHOIL.
LION SLAYER (FARCE).
OLD CURIOSITY SHOP.
MONTE CRISTO.
RICHARD II.
BLACK-EYED SUE (BURLESQUE).
CURE FOR THE FIDGETS.
MR. SCROGGINS.
HELEN.
HUNDRED THOUSAND POUNDS.
NOBODY'S CHILD.

EDITED AND PUBLISHED BY

THOMAS HAILES LACY,

89, STRAND, LONDON.

OR THE

PLEDGE OF HONOU

IN FIVE ACTS.

TROX

VICTOR HUGO.

BY

JAMES KES XEY,

AUTHOR OF Raising the Wind, Beneyowski, Fighting by Prer. In King's Sea), Not a Worit, Masaniello, The Writ, Amis Fellow, Mackintosh & Co, Black Domino, Wattana, TX W Cooks, Ella Rosenberg, False Alarms, Desi aut China Match Breaking, John Buzzby, Portfoli), Toc Aleaide, Illustrions Stranger, House at Wirt**, Sicilian Vespers, Turn Ont, se La* a. Physic, Spring and Autumn, Strøttearts al

Wives, ex., etc., etc.

WITH THE ORIGINAL PREFACE.

THOMAS HAILES LACY

89, STRAND, LONDON.

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JAMES KENNEY,

AUTHOR OF
Raising the Wind, Beneyowski, Fighting by Proxy, Irish Ambassador,
King's Seal, Not a Word, Masaniello, The World, A Good Looking
Fellow, Mackintosh & Co, Black Domino, Matrimony, Too Many
Cooks, Ella Rosenberg, False Alarms, Debtor and Creditor,
Match Breaking, John Buzzby, Portfolio, Touchstone,
Alcaide, Illustrions Stranger, House out of Windows,
Sicilian Vespers, Turn Out, Love Law

and
Physic, Spring and Autumn, Sweethearts and

Wives, etc., etc., etc.

WITH THE ORIGINAL PREFACE.

THOMAS HAILES LACY

89, STRAND, LONDON.

HERNANI:

OR THE

PLEDGE OF HONOUR.

First Performed at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, (under

the management of Mr. Price,) on April 8, 1831.

CHARACTERS.

REMARKS

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HERNANI Don CARLOS DON LEO KING OF BOHEMIA . DUKE OF BAVARIA DUKE OF GOTHA Don MATHIAS . DON HENRIQUEZ Don RICARDO ISADORE (a page of Don Leo) A PAGE OF Don LEO FIRST CONSPIRATOR SECOND CONSPIRATOR . A MOUNTAINEER

Mr. Wallack. Mr. Cooper. Mr. Macready. Mr. Cowen. Mr. C. Jones. Mr. Thompson. Mr. Bland. Mr. Younge. Mr. Yarnold. Mr. Howard. Mr. Honner. Mr. Hammerton. Mr. Cooke, Mr. Fenton.

It is well known that the following drama is a free vers 'Victor Hugo's “Hernani.” The task of adapting that entre duction to the English stage was neither obyes easy original being well known among the amateurs or the Free having experienced from the press the greateat cardoar aat! in acknowledging such claims as I have on the fanétita fibe I am spared all anxiety in agrerting them. The decades inar producing this play on the stage, have also been 11. * public animadversion, that here to pass them get in #let, *1 improperly, to disown them-1 say improperiy, for reakuta wa afterwards explain, first briefly stating my case.

After the warmest reception of the play, on due perasal dy man officially appointed by the manager, as the airpine (art a consequent promise to perform it immediately after having month of October, read in the green-room, and the parte distr. representation was delayed during a period of time, tat! which time I was amused with promises repeatedly brukes, C. avoided by the manager when I sought to remoirala, and *.* of perseverance I succeeded in doing so, my #TOLEO Were O nas the charge of others, whom I cannot publicly implicate on testimony. At all events, the manager alone is responsible litru tect and see justice done to a production which he hat ! accepted, which he might thereby present, and in fact as taking to another theatre, whence an offer, as he krew, bsd purchase my play outright, provided I had considered myself tain it. The manager, who tells me he is, is much a case, influenced by opinions at variance with his own, or the bete proper to adopt a8 better than his own, especially when that. reason to question the impartiality of those opicas, others excuse for his injustice in such a declaration of his be pr* government. I repeatedly, and most ingenuously, boh boy otherwise, offered to withdraw my play in case the first impre manager, from whatever cause, bad undergone xach a charya this continued postponement, or to affect its getting up in a = some manner, without which his evil anticipations would be danger of fulálling themselves. He replied he had no wish to and that he would take care it should receive every justice, appeara, he could say only from fear of making a mistake, *. discover in its succesa at a rival theatre, for of his liberality * to the preparation ot the play when it was got up, the chica are curions and worth recording.

Donna ZANTAL
JOSEPHA
A LADY

Miss Phillips. Mrs. C. Jones. Mrs. Newcomb.

CONSPIRATORS, LORDS, LADIES, PAGES, Guards,

BTC., ETC., ETC.

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REMARKS

It is well known that the following drama is a free version of Monsieur 'Victor Hugo's "Hernani.” The task of adapting that extraordinary production to the English stage was neither obvious nor easy; but the original being well known among the amateurs of the French drama, and having experienced from the press the greatest candour and forwardness in acknowledging such claims as I have on the merits of the

English play, I am spared all anxiety in asserting them. The difficulties I have had in producing this play on the stage, have also been so much a subject of public animadversion, that here to pass them over in silence, would seem, improperly, to disown them-I say improperly, for reasons which I shali afterwards explain, first briefly stating my case.

After the warmest reception of the play, on due perusal by the gentle. man officially appointed by the manager, as the umpire of its merits, and a consequent promise to perform it immediately: after having been, in the month of October, read in the green-room, and the parts distributed, the representation was delayed during a period of six months, in the course of which time I was amused with promises repeatedly broken, discourteously avoided by the manager when I sought to remonstrate, and when by dipt of perseverance I succeeded in doing so, my wrongs were constantly laid to the charge of others, whom I cannot publicly implicate on sach doubtful testimony. At all events, the manager alone is responsible to me, to pro. tect and see justice done to a production which he has deliberately accepted, which he might thereby prevent, and in fact did prevent, my taking to another theatre, whence an offer, as he know, had come to me, to purchase my play outright, provided I had cousidered myself free to enter. tain it. The manager, who tells me he is, in such a case, guided and influenced by opinions at variance with his own, or those he has thought proper to adopt as better than his own, especially when there is good reason to question the impartiality of those opinions, offers me a poor excuse for his injustice in such a declaration of his belplessness and mis. government. I repeatedly, and most ingenuously, both by letter and otherwise,

offered to withdraw my play in case the first impression of the manager, from whatever cause, had undergone such a change as to induce this continued postponement, or to affect its getting up in a fair and hand. some manner, without which his evil anticipations would be in ituminont danger of fulilling themselves. He replied he had no wish to part with it, and that he would take care it should receive every justice. Yet this, it appears, he could say only from fear of making a mistake, which he might discover in its success at & rival theatre, for of his liberality and attention to the preparation of the play when it was got up, the following instances are curious and worth recording,

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