Richard Cumberland claret plaque in Tunbridge Wells

Richard Cumberland
1732 - 1811
Secretary to the Board of Trade
1776 - 1782
Playwright and novelist
lived in a house on this site
1785 - 1811

Richard Cumberland (19 February 1732 – 7 May 1811) was an English dramatist and civil servant. In 1771 his hit play The West Indian was first staged. During the American War of Independence he acted as a secret negotiator with Spain in an effort to secure a peace agreement between the two nations. He also edited a short-lived critical journal called The London Review (1809). His plays are often remembered for their sympathetic depiction of colonial characters and others generally considered to be margins of society.

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