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PAUL AND VIRGINIA:
A MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT,
En Two Acts,
BY JAMES COBB,
Author of The Siege of Belgrade, Ramah Droog, &c.
PRINTED FROM THE ACTING COPY, WITH REMARKS,
To which are added,
A DESCRIPTION OF THE COSTUME,-CAST OF THE CHARACTERS, ENTRANCES AND EXITS,-RELATIVE POSITIONS OF THE PERFORMERS ON THE STAGE, AND THE WHOLE OF THE STAGE BUSINESS.
As now performed at the
THEATRES ROYAL, LONDON.
EMBELLISHED WITH A FINE WOOD ENGRAVING,
By MR. BONNER, from a Drawing taken in the Theatre, by MR. R. CRUIKSHANK.
JOHN CUMBERLAND, 19, LUDGATE HILL.
Paul and Virginia.
SLAVERY has been condemned by the statesman, the moralist, and the poet. The thunders of the senate have been raised against its monstrous oppression-moral philosophy has stripped it naked and bare, crushing every argument that has been raised in its extenuation-poetry has devoted some of its most inspired moments to advocate the cause of the abject beaten slave-and the general voice of mankind has cried aloud for its abolition. If the condition of the negro has of late undergone some amelioration-if the whip and the fetter are less in requisition than when he had no advocate, the light that has been let in upon his mind by the means of instruction has, by giving him juster views of his nature and condition, only driven the iron still deeper into his soul; and the religious doctrines that we have so strenuously inculcated, by showing the great disparity between our profession and practice, have taught him to regard us with greater suspicion, and to seize more eagerly the readiest means of breaking his chain.
The musical piece of Paul and Virginia is taken from the well-known tale of St. Pierre; which, whether we consider its pathetic interest, its delicate and tender sentiment, or its simple style, is unrivalled in that species of composition for which the French are so justly cele