Pastoral Tragedy, A
Payments to Playwrights (Henslowe's Diary)
F. 63v (Greg I.110)
- Lent vnto Thomas downton the 17 of
- July 1599 [in ear] to lend vnto mr chapman
- in earneste of a pastrall tragedie the
- some of ... xxxxs
British Museum MS. Add. 30262, f. 66
- Receaued by me George Chapman for a Pastorall
- ending in a Tragedye in part payment the
- Sum[me] of fortye shilling[es], this xvijth of July
- Anno 1599 ... [sum cut away]
- By me George Chapman
The Admiral's Men, through their player-sharer Thomas Downton, paid George Chapman in earnest toward a pastoral tragedy in the summer of 1599, as the company played at the Rose and anticipated the arrival of the Chamberlain's Men across Main Lane at the Globe, which presumably was open for business by August.
Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues
References to the Play
Greg assumes the play was never finished; he notes that this instance is Chapman's last mention in Henslowe's diary (II.204 Item #177). He transcribes the receipt in Chapman's hand, including "x [ ]" as payment (II.xlix).
Foakes does not see the "x" of the payment on the receipt in Chapman's hand. He refers readers to Greg's essay on the fragment, cited below.
For What It's Worth
The receipt signed by Chapman is in Chapman's hand, as is his signature.
Foakes, R. A. Henslowe's Diary. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2002.
Greg, W. W. "A Fragment from Henslowe's Diary," The Library, 4th series, xix (1938-9), 180-4.
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