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Reduced to two acts, and now denominated a farce, The Drummer, appeared at Covent Garden, January 24th, 1786. It was produced at Bath, March, 1790. The last time it appeared on the English stage was at Drury Lane, December 13th, 1794, when it was arranged in three acts with Dodd as Vellum, Miss Pope as Abigail, and Mrs. Goodall as Lady Truman. These details are derived entirely from Geneste, and sufficiently 'show that The Drummer never succeeded in gaining any firm hold upon an English audience. In Dibdin's " Annals of the Edinburgh Theatre " there is one entry relating to this play : " On the following evening (March 16th, 1756), for the benefit of Mr. Thomson, late manager of the theatre, The Drummer, by the late ingenious Mr. Addison. Tickets at Mr. Thomson's house at the Abbey."
Sir Richard Steele sold the copyright of The Drummer to Jacob Tonson, March 12th, 1715-16, for fifty guineas, and it was printed in quarto in the same year—1716—with a preface by Steele, in which the piece is very highly praised. "The scenes were written very much after Moliere's manner," and "an easie and natural vein of humour ran through the whole." Even its want
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