Undated engraving of John Braham as he appeared in 1800.  Braham, who was Manager of the New St. Jamesí Theater, had produced The Strange Gentleman, and in 1836 he accepted a comic opera written by Charles Dickens and John Hullah entitled The Village Coquettes.  According to Eckel, The Village Coquettes had its first presentation on December 6th, 1836 with Braham in the cast.  This play was dedicated to J.P. Harley, who also took part in it.  It is said that Harley began his stage reputation with this play.  The play was published in 1836, the title reading The Village Coquettes: A Comic Opera in Two Acts by Charles Dickens, the Music by John Hullah.