George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 21 September 1768]

21. Stayd in Town all day & saw the Tragedy of Douglas Playd.

Douglas, written by John Home (1722–1808), a Presbyterian clergyman of Edinburgh, was produced first in Edinburgh in Dec. 1756 and opened in London at Covent Garden the following year. The play was considered one of the finest British tragedies of the period and with its medieval Scottish setting, probably drew well in Alexandria, a town founded and still heavily populated by Scots (see tunney description begins Hubert J. Tunney, ed. “Home’s Douglas.” Bulletin of the University of Kansas 25 (1924). description ends ).

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