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Sarah Gardner, a stage performer during the last quarter of the eighteenth century, wrote two comedies (one highly original, the other the reverse), one farce, a number of poems, and a couple of short prose pieces. Apart from the disastrous staging of her first comedy, none of her works seem to have come before the public, though the surviving manuscript text shows that she intended publication.
Supposing SG to have been at least eighteen at her first, very awkward appearance on stage, she must have been born some time before 1745.
1775 SG wrote a poem entitled "On the American Disturbance . . . To the King", which she preserved in her manuscript album: the earliest dated among her writings. Bibliographic Citation link.
27 April 1777 SG submitted to George Colman, new manager of the Haymarket Theatre, her three-act comedy "The Matrimonial Advertisement, or A Bold Stroke for a Husband". Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
9 August 1777 SG's comedy "The Advertisement, or A Bold Stroke for a Husband" had its single, disastrous performance at the Haymarket Theatre (the word "Matrimonial" was absent from the title on this occasion). Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
SG is last heard of in 1795; her manuscript hoard includes a commercial account book which runs until 1813. She was alive at the first and perhaps at the second of these dates, possibly at Colyton in Devon, where her manuscripts were discovered a century and a half later. Bibliographic Citation link.
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