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TRAGEDY,

BY THOMAS SOUTHERN.

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THEATRICAL REPRESENTATION.

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THEATRES - ROYAL,
DRURY-LANE AND COVENT-GARDEN.

REGULATED FROM THE PROMPT-BOOKS,

By Permission of the Managers.

“ The lines distinguished by inverted Commas, are omitted in the Representation."

LONDON :

Printed for the Proprietors, under the Direction of

JOHN BELL, British Library, STRAND.
Bookseller to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.

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OROONOKO

Was written by THOMAS SOUTHERN, of whom more will be said when we arrive at his most admired Play, ISABELLA.

OROONOKO is a Tragedy with a mixture of low character, perhaps too gross for the modern habits of the Stage, though I think Nature would not barely acknowledge their persons, but approve also of their situations.

At Liverpool it may be imagined this play cannot easily be popular-It ought to be itself the death blow to that most infernal of all commerce, the traffic of our Fellow Creatures

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Raised by the happy progress of cultivation to superior powers of mind, there is no reason, that is not sordid, for our violating the native liberties of Man even in a Savage State.--Barren as the Slave may be of all the trickeries upon which we value ourselves, and to our eye degraded by the unsightly opposition of his colour, he possesses feelings which it is tyranny to wound, and importance which it is treason to annihilate.--He has also resentments vivid,

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