Bell's British Theatre, Volume 14

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John Bell
J. Bell, 1797
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Page v - I have heard That guilty creatures, sitting at a play, Have by the very cunning of the scene Been struck so to the soul that presently They have proclaim'd their malefactions; For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak With most miraculous organ.
Page 16 - Melvil to interest himself in this affair. He may mention it to Lord Ogleby with a better grace than I can, and more probably prevail on him to interfere in it. I can open my mind also more freely to Sir John. He told me, when I left him in town, that he had something of consequence to communicate, and that I could be of use to him.
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Page iv - If princes, &e. were alone liable to misfortunes arising from vice or weakness in themselves or others, there Would be good reason for confining the characters in tragedy to those of superior' rank ; but since the contrary is evident, nothing can be more reasonable than to proportion the remedy to the disease...
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Page 72 - .all professions I have known, yet found no difference but in their several capacities; all were alike wicked to the utmost of their power. In pride, contention, avarice, cruelty and revenge, the reverend priesthood were my unerring guides.

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