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1891. Excerpt: ... "March 12, 1715. "Received then the sum of fifty
guineas for the copy ol the comedy called The Drummer, or the
Haunted House. I say received by order of the author of the said
comedy. "eichaed Steele." And added, at the same time, that, since
Mr. Tickell had not thought fit to make that play a part of Mr.
Addison's Works, he would sell the copy to any bookseller that
would give most for it. This is represented thus circumstantially,
to show how incumbent it is upon me, as well in justice to the
bookseller, as for many other considerations, to produce this
comedy a second time, and take this occasion to vindicate myself
against certain insinuations thrown out by the publisher of Mr.
Addison's writings, concerning my behaviour in the nicest
circumstance, that of doing justice to the merit of my friend. I
shall take the liberty, before I have ended this letter, to say,
why I believe the Drummer a performance of Mr. Addison: and after I
have declared this, any surviving writer may be at ease, if there
be any one who has hitherto been vain enough to hope, or silly
enough to fear, it may be given to himself. Before I go any
further, I must make my public appeal to you and all the learned
world, and humbly demand, whether it was a decent or reasonable
thing, that works written (as a great part of Mr. Addison's were)
in correspondence with me, ought to have been published without my
review of the catalogue of them; or if there were any exception to
be made against any circumstance in my conduct, whether an
opportunity to explain myself should not have been allowed me
before any reflections were made upon me in print. When I had
perused Mr. Tickell's preface, I had soon many objections, besides
his omission to say anything of the Drummer, against his
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