George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 26 March 1772]

26. Dined at the Club and went to the Play.

GW is here attending the local premiere of the “new Comedy . . . A Word to the Wise,” by Hugh Kelly (1739–1777). It was received, reported Purdie and Dixon’s Virginia Gazette a week later, “with the warmest Marks of Approbation.” The newspaper went on to comment: “If the comick Writers would pursue Mr. Kelly’s Plan, and present us only with moral Plays, the Stage would become (what it ought to be) a School of Politeness and Virtue.”

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