The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography notes that Thomas Dibdin
used a translation from La Fontaine by MC
as the basis of a comedy, Guilty or Not Guilty, which opened at the Haymarket
Despite the volume's title, The Ruffian Boy had been in print well before this, and had spawned several theatrical incarnations. These included one based on the story, written by Edward Ball
and produced at Norwich...
1810: The Surrey Theatre in Blackfriars Road, Lambeth,...