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November ist. "To the King's playhouse, and there saw a silly play and an old one,
'The Taming of a Shrew.'"

November 2nd. " To the King's playhouse, and there saw * Henry the Fourth ' ; and, con-
trary to expectation, was pleased in nothing more than in Cartwright's speaking of Falstaffe's
speech about ' What is Honour ?' "

November 7th. " At noon resolved with Sir W. Pen to go to see 'The Tempest,' an old
play of Shakespeare's, acted, I hear, the first day. . . . The house mighty full ; the King
and Court there : and the most innocent play that ever I saw ; and a curious piece of musique
in an echo of half sentences, the echo repeating the former half, while the man goes on to the
latter ; which is mighty pretty. The play has no great wit, but yet good above ordinary

1667-8. January 7th. "To the Nursery : but the house did not act to-day; and so I to
the other two playhouses into the pit to gaze up and down, and there did by this means for
nothing see an act in 'The Schoole of Compliments,' at the Duke of York's house, and
< Henry the Fourth ' at the King's house ; but not liking either of the plays, I took my coach
again, and home."

1668. August 31st. "To the Duke of York's playhouse, and saw * Hamlet,' which we
have not seen this year before, or more; and mightily pleased with it, but above all with
Betterton, the best part, I believe, that ever man acted."

December zist. " Thence to the Duke's playhouse, and saw ' Macbeth.' "

1668-9. February 6. " To the King's playhouse, and there ... did see 'The Moor of
Venice:' but ill acted in most parts, Moone (which did a little surprize me) not acting
lago's part by much so well as Clun used to do ; nor another Hart's, which was Cassio's ; nor
indeed Burt doing the Moor's so well as I once thought he did."

4841. Diary and Correspondence of Samuel Pepys, F.R.S.

[1659 ^° 1669.]

New Edition. London : Bell and Daldy. (Bohn's Historical Library.) [4 vols. 8vo] 1865.

This edition of Pepys contains the following references to Shakespeare, in addition to those
already quoted from the edition of 1825.

1664. July 7. " Home, calling for my new bookes, viz., . . . Shakespeare's plays."

1667. Nov. 6. " With my wife to a play, and the girl — ' Macbeth,' which we still like
mightily, though mighty short of the content we used to have when Betterton acted, who is
still sick."

1668. Aug. 12. " After dinner, I, and wife, and Mercer, and Deb., to the Duke of
York's house, and saw ' Macbeth,' to our great content."

4842. Letters of Sir Henry Wotton to Sir Edmund Bacon. [From
161 1 to 1638] London^ Printed, by R. W. for F. T. at the three
Daggers in Fleet-Jireet. [i vol. duo.] i66i.

One of these letters, pp. 29-31, dated July 2, 1613, contains an account of the destruction of
the Globe Theatre on the Bankside by fire.

4843. Rex Platonicvs : Sive de Potentissimi Principis Jacobi Britan-
niarum Regis, Ad Uluftriffimam Academiam Oxonienfem, adventu.
Jug. 27, Anno m.dc.v. Narratio Ab Isaaco Wake. . . • Editio Sexta.
Oxonia, Typis Willielmus Hall., Impenfis G. Weft. [i vol. duo.] 1663.

Referred to by Annotators on Macbeth. See Furness : Variorum Shakespeare, 1873, vol. 2, p.
377, etc.

4844. The Tragedy of Troilus and Crefsida. [Leaves from the
Third Folio, 1663, with MS. Notes, pp. 560-587. London:

I vol. fol. 1663.]

iSngltsfj 5)f)akfsprnriatia. 175

4845. The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. [Leaves from the Third
Folio, 1663 j ^n old Play-house copy, with portions marked out for
omission, etc. pp. 689-710. London : i vol. fol. 1663.]

4846. The English Drama and Stage under the Tudor and Stuart
Princes 1543- 1664.

Illustrated by a Series of Documents Treatises and Poems. With a Preface and Index.
[London.] Printed for the Roxburgiie Library, [i vol. 4to] 1869.
The Documents reprinted in this volume are as follows : —

I. Ad 34 and 35 Hen. VIIL cap. i. (1543), as far as it refers to the Stage.
II. Proclamation of Henry VIII. againft Vagabonds, Ruffians, and idle perfons
(including common players). 26 May, 1545.

III. Firft Proclamation of Edward VI. againft dramatic performances. Auguft 6


IV. Second Proclamation of Edward VI. relating (among other matters) to dramatic

performances. April 28, 155 i.
V. Proclamation of Queen Mary, Auguft 18, 1553.

VI. Queen Elizabeth's Second Proclamation againft Plays, &c. i6th May, 1559.
VII. The Statute 14 Elizabeth (1571-2) againft Common Players, &c.
VIII. Letter from the Lord Mayor and Corporation of London to the Lord Chamberlain
March 2, 1573-4, declining to licenfe a place for Theatrical Performances within
the limits of the City.
IX. Privy Seal of Queen Elizabeth, May 7, 1574, granting a Licence for Dramatic

Performances to James Burbage and others.
X. Order of the Common Council of London in reftraint of Dramatic Exhibitions,

Dec. 6, 1574.
XI. Petition of the Queen's Players to the Privy Council. 1575.

XII. Warrant of Queen Elizabeth to Thomas Gyles, authorizing and appointing him to

train up boys as performers in the Revels at Court, April 26, 1585.

XIII. Letter of John Hart, Lord Mayor of London, to Lord Treafurer Burleigh, Nov.

1589, relating to dramatic performances within the City.
*xiv. Petition of Thomas Pope, Richard Burbage, and others to the Privy Council,

A.D. 1596, praying for a continuance of the licence to the Private houfe in the

XV. The Statute 39 Eliz. (1597-8) cap. 4, againft Common Players, &c. (Extradl.)
*xvi. Privy Seal of James I. to Lawrence Fletcher and others, licenfing their per-
formances ot plays. May 17, 1603.
XVII. Privy Seal of James I. to Edward Kirkham and others to train up children to

perform in the Revels at Court, under the Superintendence of Samuel Daniel.

Jan. 31, 1603-4.
xviii. Statute of James I. (1605-6) cap. 21, to reftrain abufes connefted with the Stage.
XIX. Privy Seal of James I. for the iffue to Inigo Jones of money for the preparation

of Court Entertainments. January 7, 1612-13.
XX. Privy Seal of James I. for the iffue of letters patent in favour of Thomas

Downton and others on transferring their fervices as players to the Eledior

Frederic. January 4, 1612-13.
XXI. Privy Seal of James I. granting to Philip Roffeter and others permiffion to eredt a

fecond theatre in Blackfriars. May 31, 1615.
XXII. Letter of affiftance from the Privy Council to John Daniel, April, 1618, for the

purpofe of enabling him to train children for playing in interludes.

XXIII. Patent of James I. licenfing the performance of plays by his Majefty's Servants at

the Private Houie in Blackfriars, as well as at the Globe. March 27, 1619-20.

XXIV. Patent of James I. appointing Sir John Aftley Mafter of the Revels, as fucceffor

to Sir George Buc. May 22, 1622.
XXV. Letter of James I. to the Privy Council, cancelling a Patent granted for a new

Amphitheatre in Lincoln's-Inn- Fields. September 29, 1620.
XXVI. Patent of Charles I. renewing that of James I. (1619-20). June 24, 1625.
xxvji. Statute i Charles I. cap. i. touching theatrical exhibitions. June 8, 1625.
XXVIII. Privy Seal of Charles I. for the grant of a bounty of 100 marks to the King's *
Players. Dec. 30, 1625.

176 Stafefspeare iHemorial Hifiratg, 13icmmgi)atn.

XXIX. Privy Seal of Charles I. to provide necefTaries for the Revels at Court. Nov. 7,

XXX. Firft Ordinance of the Long Parliament againft Stage-plays and Interludes.

September 2, 1642.
XXXI. Second Meafure of the Long Parliament direfted to the fuppreflion of theatrical

performances in England. October 22, 1 647.
XXXII. Third and Final Ordinance of the Long Parliament againft Theatres, &c.
February 2, 1647-8.

I. A Sermon againft Miracle-Plays.

II. A fecond and third blaft of retrait from plaies and Theaters. 1580.
III. Playes Confuted in fiue Aftions, &c. By Stephen Goflbn.

IV. Obfervations on the Elizabethan Drama by Philip Stubbes, a.d. 1583. (Extraft
from the Anatomie of Abuses.)

V. A Sonnett upon the PittifuU Burneing of the Globe Play Houfe in London.

VI. State of the Drama in 1616, illuftrated by a contemporary publication.
VII. A Shorte Treatife againft Stage-playes, 1625.

VIII. The Stage-players Complaint, 1641.
IX. The Adtors Remonftrance or Complaint. 1643.
X. Mr. William Prynn His Defence of Stage-plays, 1649.

XI. The Vindication of William Prynne, Elquire, from fome fcandalous Papers and
imputations newly printed and publifhed to traduce and defame him in his
reputation, 1648-9. [Against the forged " Defence of Stage-plays."]
XII. The Players Petition to the Parliament (1643.)

XIII. A Difcourfe of theEnglifh Stage (circa 1660), by Richard Flecknoe.
The documents to which the asterisk (*) is prefixed contain the name of William Shakespeare
among the players to whom they refer.

No. xni. of the Treatises is taken from " Love's Kingdom, a Paftoral Tragi-comedy, 1644,"
and contains references to Shakespeare and his contemporaries, pp. 277-9.

4847. A Royal Arbor of Loyal Poesie, consisting of Poems and Songs.
Digefted into Triumph, Elegy, Satyr, Love, & Drollery. Composed

by Tho. Jordan London, Printed by R. Wood for Eliz. Andrews,

at the White Lion near Pye-Corner. 1664.

Reprint, in Illustrations of Old English Literature. Edited by J. P. Collier. Vol. 3. London :
Privately Printed, [i vol. 4to] 1866.

" A unique portion of the volume in the hands of the reader consists of songs and ballads,
sung in the public streets, the stories of which were derived from the very plays in which
Jordan and his fellows had been in the habit of acting. Several of these, on ' The Merchant
of Venice,' 'The Winter's Tale,' 'Much Ado About Nothing,' etc., are highly valuable,
showing, probably, that the dramas continued popular to the last date at which they were
allowed to be performed, but that they were nearly forgotten at the time when Jordan made
use of them : hence, probably, the variations he thought himself warranted in introducing." —
Introduction, p. i,

4848. An Essay of Dramatic Poesy. By John Dryden. [1668.]

In The Works of John Dryden. Edited by Sir Walter Scott. Vol. 15. London: Millar,
[l vol. 8vo] J 808.

Part of this essay is devoted to a criticism of Shakespeare, in which Dryden says, [p. 350J
" He was the man who of all modern, and perhaps ancient poets, had the largest and most
comprehensive soul. All the images of Nature were still present to him, and he drew them
not laboriously, but luckily j when he describes any thing, you more than see it, you feel it


4849. Archaologice Atticae Libri Septem. Seven Books of the Attick

Antiquities By Francis Rovs The Seventh Edition.

. . . Oxford, Printed by Henry Hall. [i vol. 4to] 1671.

Contains a curious etymology of the name Shakespeare, on p. 324.

3Sn8l(0!) Stafeespeariana. 177

4850. FalstafF and Mrs. Quickly— Being the Frontispiece [with the
Titlepage and Introduction] to The Wits, or, Sport upon Sport. In
Sele6ted Pieces of Drollery, Digefted into Scenes by way of Dialogue. . . .
Part I. London^ Printed by E. C. for Faucis Kirkman. [i vol. 8vo] 1672.

" This is the extremely rare original frontispiece to Kirkman's Wits. Seldom seen. ^ The
British Museum has two or three copies of Kirkman's boolc, but none with this frontispiece."
Halliwell : MS. Note.

4851. The Sack-Full of Newes. 1673.

Reprint, in Shakespeare Jest-Books. Edited, ivith Introduction and Notes, by W. C. Hazlitt. . . .
Vol. 2. London : Willis & Sotheran. [i vol. 8vo] 1864.

4852. Remains Concerning Britain : , . . . Written by William
Camden Efquire, etc. . . . London.^ Printed for, and fold by, Charles
Harper, etc. [i vol. 8vo] 1674.

Contains a tract on ^ The Excellency of the Englijh Tow^k^,' written about the year 1590, by
Richard Carew of Antony. In this tract (p. 58) is an earlier notice of Shakespeare as a
Poet, without any allusion to his plays, than any mentioned by his biographers. See
Athenaum, May 27, 1871, p. 656. The passage runs as follows: "Will you read
Virgil? Take the Earl of Surrey. Catullus? Shakejphear and Barlow's fragment."

4853. The Tragedies of The laft Age Confider'd and Examin'd
by the Praftice of the Ancients, and by the Common fenfe of all Ages.
In a Letter to Fleetwood Shepheard, Efq. ; By Thomas Rymer, of Grays-
Inn.^ Efquire, . . . London, Printed for Richard Ton/on. [i vol. 8vo] 1678.

Reference to Shakespeare's Cassius, pp. 101-2.

Advertisement at end, oi^^ Antony and Cleopatra, by Sir Charles Sedley.'"''

4854. Jmaryllis to Tityrus. Being, the Firft Heroick Harangue of
the Excellent Pen of Monfieur Scvdery. A Witty and Pleafant Novel.
EngUJhed by a Per/on of Honour. London, Printed for Will. Cademan.

[I vol. sm. 8vo] 1681.

Contains "An Essay on Dramatick Poetry,''' with criticism on Shakespeare, as follows : "I
can't, without infinite ingratitude to the Memory of thofe excellent perfons, omit the firft
Famous Mafters in't, of our Nation, Venerable Shake/pear and the great Ben Johnjon : I
have had a particular klndnefs always for moft oi SakeJ'pear s [i/c] Tragedies, and for many of
his Comedies, and I can't but fay that I can never enough admire his Stile (confidering the
time he writ in) and the great alteration that has been in the Refineing of our Language
fince) for he has exprefled himfelffo very well in't, that 'tis generally approv'd of ftill ; and
for maintaining of the Charadters of the perfons, defign'd, I think none ever exceeded him."
—p. 66-7.

4855. Narratio Eorum, quae contigerunt Apollonio Tyrio. ex Mem-
branis Vetustis. [Marci Velseri, .... Opera Historica et Philologica,

Sacra et Profana Norimberga, Typis ac fumtibus Wolfgangi

Mauritii. [I vol. fol.] 1682.

The Story of Pericles.

4856. The Life of Mr. JVil. Shakespeare. In England's Worthies.
Select Lives Of the moft Eminent Perfons of the Englifh Nation, from

1 78 5)takfS})farc IHemortal fUfiiarp, li3irminQf)am.

Conjiantine the Great, Down to thefe Times. By Will. TVinstanley.
London : Printed by J. C. and F. C. for Obadiah Blagrave.

[i vol. 8vo] 1684.

With MS. Note of Bishop Percy, from a copy of the Edition of 1687, pp. 345-7.

4857. The Whole Art of the Stage. Containing Not only the
Rules of the Dram?natick Jrt^ but many curious Obfervations about it.
Which may be of great ufe to the Authors, AcStors, and Spe6tators of
Plays. Together with much Critical Learning about the Stage and Plays
of the Antients. Written in French by the command of Cardinal Riche-
lieu. By Monfieur Hedelin, .... and now made Englifh. London^
Printed for the Author, and fold by William Cadman^ etc.

[i vol. 4to] 1684.

4858. 'EAKovoH'Xa

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