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C. Robinson, Printer, Rolls' Buildings, Fetter Lane, London.

LIKE MASTER LIKE MAN:

A NOVEL

IN TWO VOLUMES.

BY THE LATE

JOHN PALMER,

(OF THE THEATRE ROYAL, IN THE HAYMARKET: )

SON TO THE DECEASED AND CELEBRATED

JOHN PALMER,

OF THE THEATRE ROYAL DRURY-LANE, AND OF THE

ABOVE MENTION'D THEATRE.

WITII A

PREFACE,

BY

GEORGE COLMAN, THE YOUNGER.

VOL. I.

LONDON:
Printed for the relief of the Author's Widow, and

sold by W. Earle, at his Original English and
Foreign Library, Albemarle Street, Piccadilly.

1811.

249.v. 4962

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PREFACE.

After having suggested the publication of these slight Volumes, it was my design to preface them, merely, with some account of the deceased Author, and the unhappy situation of his Widow: But, while ruminating on one who so very humbly ventured on the borders of literary fancy, my thoughts have stray'd to a consideration of those who penetrate deeply into it's labyrinths, and of the brambles, and thorns, which obstruct their passage.

I shall, now, hazard a few of these Thoughts upon paper. As they are applicable chiefly to Poets, Dramatists, and their Scrutators, they may seem irrelative here, primâ facie, but will be found, at last, introductory to the Novel. They are offer'd as crude hints for CONSIDERATIONS

LIVING CRITICKS, who so piteously bewail the dearth of living genius !-but we have heard of crocodiles' tears.

If two questions could be fairly decided, it would be a “consummation devoutly to be wish'd :"_First, Whether the existing state of Poetry,and Dramatick Writing, deserve to be so run down,as we perceive it to

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be, by a herd of periodical, and anonymous censors. -Secondly, Whether (if we, really, live in an age of lead) the generality of such criticks be not more degenerate than the criticised ?

Had not Newspapers, Magazines,and Reviews*, become the most conspicuous, and almost only vehicles of note, for remarks on modern works of the description to which I allude; had not such remarks gain'd a sort of mock authority, by their assumed importance, their increasing numbers, and their unwearied reiterations,—the above questions would not be worth agitating ;

But, circumstanced as we are, here is an ample · field open

for discussion :For an Inquiry into a twofold case, by comparing the parties, on both sides, with their predecessors, and afterwards with each other ;-for a further Inquiry into their abstracted merits, and defects;—for an Examination of Examiners, and of many trading Judges, who condemn, without calling in twelve honest and competent men in the kingdom, to authorise their sentence;--for an Exposure of "Mercenaries, who puff or abuse for pay; and from partiality and pique ;-and who, not being Regulars in the College of Criticism, sometimes cry up as great Quacks in invention, as they themselves are in animadversion ;in short, for an Inquiry from which conclusions

* There are two Reviews (one appears quarterly, and the other comes from the North), executed with the ability of writers who leave the numerous tribe of their censorian brethren behind thein, longo intervallo.

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