. W. L. Morgan to
, 4 March 1773, Adams Papers
. For other examples, see Jacob Rowe to
, 24 Dec. 1773, Adams Papers
to Samuel Tufts, 8 Feb. 1773, Adams Papers
. The statute referred to by Morgan was the Act of 11 April 1750, c. 24, 3 A&R
500, providing penalties of £20 against anyone who established a theater for “stage-plays,
interludes or other theatrical entertainments,” and £5 for any actor or spectator
in any such event where the audience exceeded twenty. It had been renewed until 1
Nov. 1775 by Act of 15 Nov. 1770, c. 5, 5 A&R
86, provoking from Lieutenant Governor Hutchinson the comment that, although the
act had “been complained of as unnecessarily restraining the use of innocent amusements,”
he felt it wiser to consent in its passage and not “thereby increase the ill humors
among the People.” Id.
at 141. See also id.