Dion Boucicault's Dot, an adaptation of Charles Dickens's second Christmas Book, The Cricket on the Hearth (December 1845), was first produced in New York City at the Winter Garden Theatre on 14 Sept ember 1859, a production in which Agnes Robertson, Boucicault's young wife, played the eponymous role. The first British performance appears to have been on 14 April 1862 at London's Adelphi Theatre, a production in which Louise Keeley had the leading role. Although the holographic manuscript is still available in the Lord Chamberlain's Collection [Reference: British Library MSS Add. 53013E], it has yet to be published.
In the following transcription, the names of speakers have been bolded. Minor punctuation such as the colon in "Speaker:" has been added; anything else is given with the notation [ ...]. Page breaks in original manuscript are indicated in the following form: [1/2].
Act 2nd A Landscape
Enter Tackleton and Mrs. Fielding.
Your observations like yourself, Ma'am, are admirable.
Mr. Tackleton, you are about to enter a family which has always looked back to the time when we had liveries of our own, and when we rode in a carriage. I might say that if a certain Calamity Not Unconnected with the Indigo trade-- But, no, these are subjects to[o] painful to contemplate.
Much, don't let us talk of 'em.
I cannot give you a fortune with my daughter.
Quite the contrary, Ma'am. I hold a little Note of yours, which when I receive your daughter's hand, I propose to hand you over.
Here comes my child. [27/28]
Tack.She does not look as if tomorrow was going to be the happiest days of her life. I hope that kind of thing ain't going to last.
Mr. Tackleton, women who like my daughter can look back___
That's what I object to, Ma'am, for when your daughter looks back, she sees an infernal Sailor chap, that I don't want her to see.