Front cover image for Commonplace book, 1775-1780

Commonplace book, 1775-1780

These manuscripts contain accounts of the theatrical and carnival performances produced by the Tories for the entertainment of British soldiers during the Revolution. Included is a prologue to the "Tragedy of Zara," spoken at the opening of the theatre at Boston, written by General John Burgoyne; prologue spoken by Major Robert Chew, at the opening of the theatre in Philadelphia, written by the Rev. Jonathan Odell; an account of the Meschianza, held at Philadelphia in 1778, by one of the company; miscellaneous verse by Philadelphia writers
Archival Material, English, 1775