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ART OF PLAYING,'

Interspersed with

Theatrical Anecdotes, -. Critical Remarks
on Plays, and Occasional Observations
on Audiences.

Quod verum atque decens
Curo & rogo, & omnis in hoc sum.

Hor.

LONDON:

Printed for R. Griffiths, at the Dunciad, in
St. Paul's Church-yard. MDCCL.

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TO THE

MANAGERS

OF THE

TWO THEATRES.

Gentlemen,

AN author unknown to you,. and who shall ever remain so, takes the liberty of laying before you an essay* on the rules and Jaws of a profession,. which it is greatly your Interest to be acquainted with in its utmost latitude. That you are at present perfectly informed of the full extent of many of them, we have, during. the course of the last Season, had abundant proof; there are, however, some more essential ones, which those who frequent the performances you exhibit, imagine have not sufficiently taken up your attention.

You will find we have pass'd the more cursorily over^ the former, that we might,

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