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This play must have been written before 1614, folio. Mr. Malone is of opinion it was written when Jonson sneers at it in his Bartholomew about the year 1611, and considers the circumFair. In the latter plays of Shakspeare he has stances attending the storm by which Sir George less of pun and quibble than in his early ones. Somers was shipwrecked on the island of BerIn The Merchant of Venice, he expressly de- muda, in the year 1609, as having given rise to clares against them. This perhaps might be the play, and suggested the title as well as some one criterion to discover the dates of his plays. of the incidents. Mr. Douce appears to be of BLACKSTONE.
the same opinion. See Malone's Shakspeare, It was not printed till 1623, when it was pub-edit. 1821, and Douce's “Illustrations of Shaklished with the rest of our author's plays in speare."