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THE
O R K K S

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OF

RICHARD SAVAGE, Esq.

SON OF
Τ Η Ε Ε Α R L RIVERS.

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LIFE AND WRITINGS OF THE AUTHOR,

BY SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL. D.

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L O N D ON:
PRINTED FOR T. EVANS IN THE STRAND.

M DCC LXXVII.

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Beg leave to inscribe to You, the writings of Mr. RICHARD SAVAGE, an author whose early love of the Drama, not the bitterest calamities

could

could depress. His genius and misfortunes have heretofore gained him the protection of a predecessor of yours in the direction of the theatre-Sir RICHARD Steele, who, like Mr. HARRIS, pofseffed an uncommon share of benevolence. He acted as You would have done : he promoted his interest with the utmost zeal, related his misfortunes, extolled his merit, and took all opportunities of recommending him. The unfortunate SAVAGE, in return, would have joined with others in acknowledging Your worth and merit, in directing the most rational entertainment of an enlightened

people.

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