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A COLLECTION OF THE MOST ESTEEMED
TRAGEDIES, COMEDIES, OPERAS, AND FARCES,
PUBLISHED BY JONES & COMPANY,
IN THREE ACTS.
BY GEORGE LILLO.
THE story of this Piece Is very simple and afltcting, and is said to have been founded on a fact which happened on the western coast of England. The circumstance of a son, long absent from his parents, keeping himself, on his return to visit them, tor some time unknown, is unforced, while at the same time their inducement, from the depth of dis. tress and penury, to perpetrate his murder, for the sake of the treasures he had shown them. Is productive of some 1 horror and tenderness. Mr. lino rendered the distresses of common and domestic i as those of kings and heroes, and the" ruin brought on private families by an indul. e of avarice, lust, &c. as the havoc made in states and empires by ambition, cruelty, or tyranny. His George , and Arden of Fceersham, are all planned on common and well-known stories; yet they have i the audience, and even the critics have laid down their pens to take out the handkerchief.
Old Wilmot, Mr. Kemble Mr. Bensleij.
Yoosg Wilmot, Mr. Burn/more Mr. Palmer.
ErsTAce, Mr. Truman Mr. fl. Palmer.
Randal, Mr. C. Kemble Mr. Bannister, Jun.
Acxes, Mrs. Siddons Miss Sherry.
Charlotte, Mrs. Powell Mrs. Bulkeley.
Maria Miss Leake / . Miss Hooke.
SCENE I.—A Boom in Old Wilmot's House.
Pursues with vigour his repeated course;
Yet man, of jarring elements eompos'd,