Excerpt from The Dramatic History of Master Edward, Miss. Ann, and Others, the Extraordinaries of These Times: Collected From Zaphaniel's Original Papers
At this period Mr. Stevens was cele brared at the feveral convivial focieties then in being, of which there was a great number, as, the Choice Spirits, High Bor lace, Comus's Court, &c. And wrote many of the fongs he has lince been ap plauded for. His finances were generally at a low ebb, and his perfon in durance. He experienced the extremes of mirth and jollity, as well as want and depen'dance and led a life, if unitained by crimes, yet clefpicable for its meannefs and irregula rity. He ufually wrote pieces of humour for Shuter, to deliver at his benefit; and we believe was the author of a Droll, acted at Bartholomew Fair by that Comes dian in the year 1759, called, The French ﬂogged, or, the Britifh Sailors in America.' In 1760, he publifhed a novel, in 2 vols. Called, The Hiltory of Tom Fool and in 1761 began a periodical publication, entitled The Beauties of the Magazines.' ln 1763, he gave the public o feme[vii.
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