Throughout the late summer and fall of 1749, a company of low-profile actors were quietly performing a word-of-mouth season of plays in Philadelphia without formal permission of the governor. Freemasons, moving among other Masons, the governor, the council, aldermen, merchants, and the most powerful men of the city, initiating a season of plays in their midst, perhaps even for them, one of whom contributed a playhouse, another contributed a prologue and played Portius.
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