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THIS DAY IN VIRGINIA HISTORY

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May 21, 1819

Broadside 1819 .T37 FH, Special Collections, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

The Grecian Daughter Was Performed in Petersburg

The Grecian Daughter was a play published in London by Irish playwright Arthur Murphy (1727–1805) in 1772. It was popular in the United States after the American Revolution. In the tragedy, Euphrasia, the heroine, saves her father, the imprisoned King of Syracuse, from starvation by feeding him with her own milk. Arthur Murphy often copied freely from other writers and works for this and many of his plays.