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188                             BYGONE SUSSEX.
than Addison "had much more to do than as an Amanuensis." Further, he adds,—" I will put all my credit among men of art for the truth of my averment, when I presume to say that no one but Mr. Addison was in any other way [than as amanuensis] the writer of The Drummer: at the same time I will allow that he sent for me, which he could always do from his natural power over me, as much as he could send for any of his clerks when he was Secretary of State, and told me that a gentleman then in the room had written a play that he was sure I would like, but it was to be a secret, and he knew I would take as much pains, since he recommended it, as I would for him."
The language here attributed to Addison does not amount to a claim to the authorship, but may perhaps be interpreted as intended to give that impression, and Steele's account receives an incidental corroboration in the statement of Theobald, who, in a note to Beaumont and Fletcher's Scornful Lady, says,—" The ingenious Mr. Addison, I remember, told me that he sketched out the character of Vellum in the comedy called The Drummer purely from this model"—that is, the character of Saint in the Scornful Lady.
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