ELIHU HUBBARD SMITH was a graduate of Yale, and besides being a dramatist was a well known physician. His "Edwin and Angelina, or The Banditti," for which the music was composed by Victor Pellesier, followed closely on the heels of "Tammany," and showed that the New York music public even then was hoping that a school of native American opera was just around the corner. The work was produced at the John Street Theatre on Sept. 19, 1796. In the company were the Mr. and Mrs. John Hodgkinson whose names are so intimately bound up with the early American theatre. Mrs. Hodgkinson played Angelina, and Mr. Hodgkinson, Sifrid. The play was based on Goldsmith's "The Hermit." Victor Pellesier, the composer of the score, was a Frenchman, who was first horn of the Old American Company.
Turn, Angelina, ever dear,
My charmer turn to see
Thy own, thy long lost Edwin, he;
Restored to love and thee.
Thus let me hold thee to my heart,
And every care resign.
And shall we never, never part?
My life! my all that's mine?
No, never, from this hour to part;
We'll live and love so true,
The sigh that rends thy constant heart,
Shall break thy Edwin's too.