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Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Stone, John Augustus

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STONE, John Augustus, dramatist, b. in Concord, Mass., in 1801; d. in Philadelphia, Pa., 1 June, 1834. He appeared on the stage in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. For Edwin Forrest he wrote “Metamora,” “The Ancient Briton,” and “Fauntleroy”; and among other plays he published “La Roque,” “The Demoniac,” and “Tancred.” He was drowned in a fit of temporary insanity in the Schuylkill, at Philadelphia, and his monument there bears the inscription: “Erected to the memory of the author of ‘Metamora,’ by his friend, Edwin Forrest.”