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KING JOHN.-Crimson tunic, and purple velvet robe, richly embroidered, armour on the arms and legs, gauntlets, and coronet.

PRINCE ARTHUR.-Light blue dress, white satin pantaloons, and white plumes.

PRINCE HENRY.-Scarlet dress, richly embroidered.

EARL OF SALISBURY.-Light brown ancient English dress, with white satin puffs, embroidered.

EARL OF ESSEX.- Blue dress, &c. same as Salisbury.

EARL OF PEMBROKE.-Black velvet dress, black satin puffs, &c. richly embroidered.

TAULCONBRIDGE.-Fawn-coloured old English tunic, buff satin trimming, buff pantaloons. Second dress.-Mail armour, aud a mantle of scarlet and gold.

ROBT. FAULCON BRIDGE.-Brown ancient English dress, pantaloons, triinmed with light blue,

JAMES GURNEY.-Brown old English dress, trimmed with light satin.

ENGLISH HERALD.-Buff dress, trimmed with silver, and a berala's coat.

AUSTRIA.- A complete suit of mail armour.

KING OF FRANCE -Fawn-coloured robe, trimmed with gold and ermine, light blue mantle, with fleurs-de-lis.

DAUPHIN.White dress, trimmed with silver. Second dress. Complete armour.

CARDINAL PANDULPH.-Scarlet robe, trimmed wiih point lace, scarlet hat.

FRENCH HERALD.-French gray dress, herald's coat.

QUEEN.-Purple velvet dress, trimmed with gold, mantle, scarlet and gold.

CONSTANCE.- Black Velvet dress, embroidered.
BLANCH.-White satin dress, trimmed with point lace.

LADY FAULCOWBRIDGE.-Gray satin dress, trimmed with black.

Cast of the Characters at the Theatre-Royal,

Corent-Garden, .
John, King of England

Mr. Macready.
Prince Henry

Master C, Parsloe.
Earl of Pembroke

Mr. Mears.
Earl of Essex

Mr. Horrebow.
Earl of Salisbury

Mr. Connor.
Hubert

Mr. Bennett.
Faulconbridge

Mr. C. Kemble.
Robert Faulconbridge

Mr. Parsloe.
English Herald

Mr. Jefferies.
Philip, King of France

Mr. Egerton
Lewis, the Dauphin

Mr. Abbott,
Prince Arthur

Miss Boden.
Archduke of Austria

Mr. Comer.
Cardinal Pandulph

Mr. Chapman.
Chatillon

Mr. Baker.
French Herald.

Mr. Hunt.
Queen Elinor

Mrs. Vining.
The Lady Constance

Mrs. Ogilvie.
blu..ch of Castile

Miss Foote. Lady Faulconbridge

Mrs. Sterling.

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K. John.

Do'st thou understand me?
Thou art his keeper.

Act III. Scene 3.

KING JOHN.

ACT I.

SCENE I.-England.-The Palace.-Flourish of

Drums and Trumpets.
KING John, upon the throne, Queen ELINOR, Essex,

SALISBURY, PEMBROKE, HUBERT, CHATILLON,
English and French Gentlemen, and English Guards,
discovered.
K. John. [Seated.] Now say, Chatillon, what would

France with us?
Cha. (L.) Thus, after greeting, speaks the King of

France,
In my behaviour, to the majesty,
The borrow'd majesty, of England here

Eli. A strange beginning ;-borrow'd majesty !
K. John. Silence, good mother ; hear the embassy.
Cha. (L. f.) Pbilip of France, in right and true be-

half
Of thy deceased brother, Geffrey's son,
Arthur Plantagenet, lays most lawful claim
To this fair island and the territories ;
To Ireland, Poictiers, Anjou, Touraine, Maine :
Desiring thee to lay aside the sword,
Which sways usurpingly these several titles,
And put the same into young Arthur's hand,
Thy nephew, and right royal sovereign.
K. John. What follows, if we disallow of this?

Cha. The proud control of fierce and bloody war,
To enforce these rights so forcibly withheld.
K. John, Here have we war for war, and blood for

blood, Controlment for controlment : so answer France.

Cha. Then take my king's defiance from my mouth, The furthest limit of my embassy.

K. John. Bear mine to him; and so depart in peace Be thou as lightning in the eyes of France; For, ere thou can'st report I will be there, The thunder of my cannon shall be heard ; So, hence ! Be thou the trumpet of our wrath, And sullen presage of your own decay.-An honourable conduct let him have; Hubert, look to't :- Farewell, Chatillon.

[Exeunt CHATILLON, HUBERT, and the

French Gentlemen, L.
Eli. [Seated L. of the throne.] What now, my son ?

have I not ever said,
How that ambitious Constance would not cease,
Till she had kindled France, and all the world,
Upon the right and party of her son ?
This might have been prevented and made whole,
With very easy arguments of love ;
Which now the manage of two kingdoms must
With fearful bloody issue arbitrate.

Enter ENGLISH HERALD, L., who whispers Essex. K. John. Our strong possession, and our right, for us. Eli. Your strong possession, much more than your

right;
Or else it must go wrong with you and me.

Ess. My liege, here is the strangest controversy
Come from the country to be judged by you,
That e'er I heard : shall I produce the men?
K. John. Let them approach.

[Exit ENGLISH HERALD, L. Our abbeys and our priories shall pay This expedition's charge.

Enter ENGLISH HERALD, with Philip and ROBERT

FAULCONBRIDGE, L.
What men are you? [Exit ENGLISH HERALD, L.

Faul. (L.) Your faithful subject I, a gentleman,
Born in Northamptonshire; and eldest son,
As I suppose, to Robert Faulconbridge ;
A soldier, by the honour-giving hand
Of Cour-de-Lion, knighted in the field.

K. John. What art thou ?
Rob. (L.) The son and lieir to that same Faulcon-

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