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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 (below).
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).
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014.