Also found as Het Testament, of De Erfgename
The play is ascribed to a "P. van der Velde" by F.C.L. Bosman (1980).
The original text
The origins of the play are somewhat obscure, but there are two 19th century French plays called Le Testament, and though this play may be a translation and/or adaptation of either (see Le Testament), the Van der Velde work is more likely to be a Dutch version of L'Héritière (1834), a "comédie-vaudeville" by Augustin Eugène Scribe and Germain Delavigne.
Performance history in South Africa
1870: According to Bosman (1980), a one act play called Het Testament (by a "P. van der Velde") was performed in Dutch in the Germania Hall, Cape Town, by Aurora II on 9 August, with Twee Emmers Water (Anon.).
Facsimile version of the original published text of 1823, Internet Archive
Facsimile version of the original published text, Google E-book
Gerd Aage Gillhoff. 2013. The Royal Dutch Theatre at the Hague 1804–1876. Springer, p. 176
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