Yankee Doodle-Doo: A Collection of Songs of the Early American Stage

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ANDREW BARTON

The Disappointment, or the Force of Credulity

THE Disappointment, or The Force of Credulity," was billed for performance in Philadelphia on April 20, 1767, and is the first American comic opera of which we have any record. It was put into rehearsal, but was suddenly withdrawn a few days before the date set for its opening, an announcement being made in the Pennsylvania Gazette that "as it contains personal reflections, it is unfit for the stage." The reason for this was the fact that the action of the play had to do with the hunt for a buried treasure, and that at that moment a number of the leading citizens of Philadelphia were engaged in a similar hunt for the treasure said to have been buried by Captain Blackbeard. The introduction of a song set to the tune of "Yankee Doodle" effectively disposes of the oft repeated statement that that famous song was composed by officers of the British army during the Revolution, "The Disappointment" having been written nine years before the outbreak of that struggle. "The Disappointment" is in the ballad opera form, and like "The Contrast," gives in its frankness of speech ample evidence of its eighteenth century parentage. Indeed these two works clearly indicate that the Puritanic stamp put upon American life through the influence of New England did not extend very far beyond the Hudson River until after the Revolution. It is generally believed that Andrew Barton was a pseudonym for Colonel Thomas Forrest.

Parchment

Come now, my boys, let's jovial be,
The cash we'll soon disclose;
And spurn at sneaking poverty,
Tho' Gorgans dire! oppose.

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Table of contents

  • Yankee Doodle-Doo *
  • The Introduction 5
  • The Contents 9
  • The Illustrations *
  • Thomas Godfrey 15
  • Andrew Barton 16
  • Royal Tyler 23
  • John Leacock 25
  • Ann Kemble Hatton 29
  • Mrs. Susanna Rowson 32
  • Elihu Hubbard Smith 35
  • William Milns 40
  • John Beete 43
  • William Dunlap 45
  • Benjamin Carr 50
  • Laurence Sterne 58
  • James Hewitt 64
  • Victor Pellesier 70
  • James Hewitt 80
  • James Nelson Barker 83
  • James Ellison 90
  • Anonymous 92
  • Joseph Hutton 93
  • Charles Powell Clinch 98
  • Samuel B. H. Judah 101
  • Micah Hawkins 104
  • Samuel Woodworth 107
  • C. S. Talbot 119
  • John Howard Payne 121
  • Anonymous 127
  • Robert Dale Owens 128
  • William H. Fry 130
  • Benjamin A. Baker 132
  • James Gaspard Maeder 134
  • J. H. Wainwright 139
  • Charles M. Walcot 142
  • 0. F. Durivage 144
  • James Pilgrim 145
  • Thomas Dunn English 151
  • C. W. Taylor 154
  • John Brougham 156
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