The Country Captain was written by William Cavendish in collaboration with James Shirley and performed at Blackfriars in the 1630s. Cavendish had The Country Captain and The Variety printed these plays under his own name whilst in exile in Antwerp in 1649. By this stage the plays...in effect formed a statement of political defiance from a general who felt he had failed his beheaded king. William's theatrical writing had become a useful trademark for his critics.
William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle KG (1592/1593 - December 25, 1676) was an English soldier, politician and writer. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Cavendish,...
Thomas Shadwell, 'Prologue or epilogue to 'The Country Captain' by William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle', Portland Literary Papers http://longford.nottingham.ac.uk/Spotlight/stor...
A link to the text as Dirk posted:
"The Country Captain" (or "Captain Underwit") is given as a work of 1639-1640, "a domestic comedy of Shirley's [no mention of Cavendish!], written in close imitation of Ben Jonson" by A.H. Bullen (ed.), in "A Collection of Old English Plays" vol.II, 1882-89
(who also notes that "it must be owned that there are few plays of Shirley's written with such freedom, not to say grossness")
A small text sample (which must have sounded familiar to Sam):
_Richard_. What? is he readie?
_Dorothy_. Alas, hee's almost dead.
_Richard_. How? dead?
_Dorothy_. He has been troubled with a fitt o'th stone, Sir, all this night. Sweet gentleman he groanes, And sweates, and cannot--
_Dorothy_. Make urine, Sir.
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.