Saturday, September 16, 1752

Covent Garden Journal

Location: London, Middlesex

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Covent Garden Journal (Newspaper) - September 16, 1752, London, Middlesex Covent By Sir ALEXANDER Knt REAt BRiTAtN Price 3 SEPTEMBER To be continued every SATURDAY in the Morhing Infamre far at certe ratione ToSir ALEXANDER of GreaU S I FLive been confined in this Place four Years my thar my Relati as I call my me bjt to fh w you I am fend yon a Specimen of my Pre itffciitdte a Weeka grave Gendtrman came to the Grate ofrny CcJl and threw me in a it feem by a of Cam I read it and approve the Drama much I mjft fend you fbne Thoughts that to me from Read ing the Prefixed Five Lettersthe Au thor it feems lives at in where and I been hisdarling not forgetting the a bominable Rules of who indif putably wrote very concerning Dramatic Poetry at liis Time of but what a Figure woud a Modern Tragedy nuke with his three Unities if Shake fpeare obferved woud have like not like an as to his Chorus he is fo fond why that did very well amongft the Greek Writers 9 but methinks this Chorus would be a very impertinent Fellow if he was to put in his Cbfervationson any of Shakefpeares in as for what do of this fame if he was to be upon the in the Play of lago is imprinting thofe ex quifitc Tints of upon Othellos Mind in the third Aft or fuppofe when Defdemona drops the fatal the Chorus was to call after her to bid her take it up or tell the Audience what was to happen in Cafe he did Or this fame Chorus was to land and tell us Brutus and Caffius were going o but that they would make it up againwould not this pre vent the noble Anxiety this famous Scene in Julius Crefrr nifes in the Minds of a fenfible Audience Another Ufe this in genious Gentleman finds our for the and that to explain the Characters and Sentiments of the feveral Perfonages in the to the there is a Nation in the World which has found out a way of doing this very ef fectually without interrupting the and that the thefe People always make the Characters of the Drama come upon the Scagc before the Play and tell who they as thus Enter Dramatis I am King of Brother to am to be dethroned by my and killed witb the Sabre of the renowned Schim I am Brother to Taw I am co dethrone and ufurp his I am Mafter of the great Sabre which is to kill the King Taw Thus do thefe wife People let you into the Characters of the Dr ma 5 which is to be furea much wifer than by a who interrupt the Actors to cram in their ftupid when Dramatic Poetry firft the whole was reprefenred by one and there it was neceflary the Chorus mould come to give the poor Solo Speaker a little but as I have half a dozen Plays by me which I intend to bring upon the I beg you will infift upon it that this learned Cantab ftys no more about his for it would be very hard upon me if I had no the fame Indulgence which has been fhewn to all my which is to let the Audience find out the Meaning of myCharacters if they of rhemfelves if let them de part as wife as they 1 Yours in clean I have no Objeftidh to the pf the immortal If y oli this learned Gentle j t man finds fault with Shakefpeares in Harry the and fays it would do better in other If I had him I believe I hould do him a Miff IWas the other Day in Company witrr a young with whofe Alliance Lhope fome Time to be honoured We accidrmally fell into a Difcourfe concern ing Religion during which I defended my Argument pretty ac cording to my ufdal declared myfelfa Freethinker at which he was much as me had conceived a moft horriWe Idea of that Seel of o You muft that by a Freethinker I mean a Man who in the Old as well as in all other makes ufe of his Reafon as a and will believe nothing contradictory to that or common and who does not put faith in Matters he does not Tbis Paptris tf be had at the Univerfa Regifter next tht Corner of

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