Excerpt from "Crucible," Or Feathering a Mayor's Nest: A Mellow Drama
All rights appertaining to the drama which follows are reserved - as much so as the contemporary Presidential candidates.
The author will also, with the readers' permission, reserve his own opinion of his work. He is well aware that self praise, even when most deserved, is invariably received by all those to whom it is addressed - excepting, perhaps, too partial friends - with a very large number of grains of salt and a disrespect that is little short of brutal. He simply desires to remark that if the tragedy which he has created serves to raise the stage to a higher level, and to permanently close the controversy respecting its inﬂuence, he shall have considerably more than accomplished his purpose. He repeats it, considerably more.
He would further state that his arrangements with his mercenary publishers are of such an exacting nature, that all Copies of the work which remain unsold on their hands will constitute the author's edition. The bearing of this remark lies in the application.
Once again: This Drama is not a Collaboration, and is not to be confounded with a Collaboration of concurrent baptism. If confounded at all, it must be on its own demerits alone.
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