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AN INQUIRY TOUCHING

PLAYERS, PLAYHOUSES, AND PLAY-WRITERS

IN THE DAYS OF ELIZABETH.

BY

WILLIAM HENRY SMITH, ESQ.

TO WHICH IS APPENDED AN ABSTRACT OF A MS. RESPECTING

TOBIE MATTHEW.

LONDON:
JOHN RUSSELL SMITH,

36, SOHO SQUARE.

M.DCCC.LVII.

LONDON: F. PICKTON, PRINTER, PERRY'S PLACE, 29, OXFORD STREET. CONTENTS.

TO HIS READERS AND REVIEWERS.

By the Scotch Review, which bears the outward semblance of Buchanan, we have been reviled as a “ Caviller” and a “Smith.” The editor might have reflected that our names and lineaments we inherit, whilst our words and actions are our own.

If his pages were as full of wisdom as ours are

free from cavil, the visage without his book, would

not be regarded as a mask, whose brains we vainly seek within ; and the Review might yet hope to

attain a fame coextensive with our namema name

which some wise, and many worthy men, have borne--which, though not unique, is perfectly genteel—and which has, of late years, become such a

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