In his Epigrams, Theological, Philosophical, and Romantic (London, 1651), Samuel Sheppard alluded to an otherwise unknown play by Davenport called "The Pirate":
EPIG. 19. To Mr. Davenport on his Play called the Pirate. MAke all the cloth you can, haste, haste away, The Pirate will o'retake you if you stay: Nay, we will yeeld our selves, and this confesse, Thou Rival'st Shakespeare, though thy glory's lesse. (sig.D2)
Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues
References to the Play
Only the Sheppard epigram, above.
Wiggins #2220 notes that Sheppard's unique reference to this otherwise unknown lost play "raises questions about how Sheppard might have known it". He also observes that "Davenport was thinking about pirates when he wrote A New Trick to Cheat the Devil", which seems to have influenced Wiggins' dating of the present play to 1627 (rather than the Annals dating of 1626).
For What It's Worth
Sheppard, Samuel. Epigrams theological, philosophical, and romantick also the Socratick session, or, The arraignment and conviction of Julius Scaliger: with other select poems. London, 1651.
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