April 3rd

Like official royal records from the reigns of King James, the Lord Compton’s account book, dating from the first decades of the eighteenth century, documents some of the theater-going practices that escape us when we focus our attention solely on the plays and poems of the period. In addition to plays, Compton’s account book chronicles expenditures on gambling, cards, and visits to the coffee houses and chocolate houses which had begun to proliferate throughout London.

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