Gunning all the forenoon. Received this afternoon several Pamphlets,1
from my Sister. Read the heiress;2
a good play; much more regular, and more chaste, than those that are acted on the English stage generally are.
1. Neither found nor identified except, presumably, The Heiress
, mentioned in note 2
2. London, 1786, a comedy in five acts by John Burgoyne, the defeated British general turned playwright. The Heiress met with enthusiastic popular success and went through ten editions in a year (James Lunt, John Burgoyne of Saratoga, N.Y., 1975, P. 324).