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COUNTRY ATTORNEY, THE. English, Country Dance (2/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The Country Attorney was a comic play by Richard Cumberland (1732-1811), staged at London's Theatre Royal in the Hay-Market, July 7th, 1787. Unfortunately, it was not well received and ran only a half-dozen nights. Cumberland reworked much of the same material a few years later for his The School for Widows (1789). He was not regarded in the first rank of playwrights, even by his peers.

Richard Cumberland

Thomas Davis acerbically dismissed him:

Mr. Cumberland is unquestionably a man of very great abilities; it is his misfortune to rate them greatly above their value.

Country dance directions appear in Nancy Shepley's Book, a small copybook of dance figures compiled by Nancy Shepley of Pepperell, Massachusetts, c. 1794.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Samuel, Ann & Peter Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 5), 1788; p. 2.

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