1893 text

Cutter, an old word for a rough swaggerer: hence the title of Cowley’s play. It was originally called “The Guardian,” when acted before Prince Charles at Trinity College, Cambridge, on March 12th, 1641.

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

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First Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Cutter of Coleman Street

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Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

Cowley wrote a play, called Cutter of Coleman Street: and Dryden refers to its inhabitants :—

Some have expected from our Bills to-day
To find a Satire in our Poet's play.
The zealous rout from Coleman Street did run,
To see the story of the Friar and Nun;
Or tales yet more ridiculous to hear
Vouched by their vicar of ten pounds a year.
--Dryden's Epilogue to the Assignation, or Love in a Nunnery, 1672.

---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.

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