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ed his chaplain, and received from him a prebendal stall in his own church, with the rectory of Bright. well in Berkshire. Here, Mr. Alsop, notwithstanding the solicitations of his friends, sequestered himself for the rest of his life; which was terminated in 1726, by a fall into a ditch from a narrow path, leading to his garden door.
Page 21. After having observed that this Invitation was written in allusion to the 5th Epistle of the First Book of Horace, by the celebrated translator of Virgil, no further information of the author will be asked.
-master King ;] Was the Bland
-] Was the seat of Mr.
Page. 23. Written (as is presumed) by John Pitt, Esq. brother to the poet.
24. the sooty Mintrem's hopeful heir] Mr. Pitt's servant, son of a blacksmith.
-] Another of Mr. Pitt's
the fair?] Blandford fair: two miles from Pimpern, where Mr. Pitt was born, was rector, and died.
Page 25. Mr. Fawkes was born in Yorkshire, and removed from the school at Leeds to Jesus College, Cambridge; where he took his master's degree. He was patronized by Archbishop Herring, who collated him to the vicarage of Orpington with St. Mary Cray, in Kent; which he afterwards exchanged for Hayes. He wrote a variety of poems; and translated the works of Anacreon, Sappho, Bion, Moschus and Musaeus, which were published together in 1760; Theocritus, in 1767; and Apollonius Rhodius, printed in 1780. He died 26th August, 1777.
26. Your wife will bring fair Innocence-] The Innocence here mentioned was a very agreeable young lady, so named.
Page 28. -the works of Kent.] William Kent, who was both a painter and architect, as well as the parent of modern gardening.
ibid. Poor with all a HEATHCOTE's store.] Sir Gilbert Heathcote, Knt. and Bart. Alderman of London, and Father of the City, was supposed the most opulent Commoner in the kingdom.
Page go. Mr. Browne was born at Burton-uponTrent, and went when under seventeen, to Trinity College, Cambridge. Being designed for the bar,
after taking a master's degree, he removed to Lincoln's Inn, where he acquired much professional knowledge; but, as his fortune was ample, he, long before his death, relinquished the practice. His son, who published a volume of his poems, is understood to have more in manuscript.
Page 44. First, Phoebe gave the luckless hint ;. Now your Epistles flare in print :] "Verses on Phoebe," and "Epistles on Design and Beauty,” printed in his works.
-Heidegger] Director of Mas
Chartres- -Oldfield.] Walter Peter
satirized by Pope, and Colonel Chartres by ArbuthOldfield was a notorious miser.
47. Yet still an aukward dirty Pig.]
Epicuri de grege porcus
Page 49. Sir William Yonge, baronet and knight of the Bath, was chosen to represent the borough of Honiton, in the first parliament of George the First, and continued in the House of Commons to the time of his death. He was the fast friend of Sir Robert Walpole, and a ready speaker on every occasion. To his uncommon fluency in debate, he was indebted for the best offices in the state. He assisted Roome
in his Jovial Crew, and, often shewed his gallantry in a sprightly kind of verse.
Page 54. The young Nobleman to whom Mr. Colman sent this Epistle, was son to the late Earl of Bath.
Page 58. Dr. Littleton was educated at Eton, and in 1716, elected to King's College, Cambridge, whence he returned to Eton as assistant, was chosen fellow of that College, and presented to the living of Maple Durham; where he died in 1734. Two volumes of his sermons were afterwards published.
Page 63. This Epistle having been objected to as licentious, the author of Mr. Browne's Life in the Biographia Britannica, hath thus answered the charge:
"The irony is so obvious, that it cannot well be "mistaken. The fact was, that a young officer,
a friend of Mr. Browne, wanted to carry a mis "tress with him to his country quarters; and "he desired our author to write a copy of verses, to "persuade some lady of easy virtue to comply with "his request. Mr. Browne wrote these verses, "which were designed as a strong ridicule and severe reproof of such kind of criminal connections; and
"they produced an immediate effect; for the young “Gentleman gave up all thoughts of his intended "companion. The whole must be considered as "written in the character of a rakish officer, during a time of profound peace. Bishop Hoadly said, "that the verses would do more good than twenty "sermons; and the late Lord Lyttleton expressed a "high commendation of their moral tendency.” VOL. II. p. 652.
-Ward's popish pills.] Joshua Ward, the quack. Dr. Misaubin, mentioned just after, was another of the same fraternity.
64. Sober advice,—— -] The publication here referred to, was an imitation of Horace by Mr. Pope, addressed in the name of the Roman Poet, to the young Gentlemen about town, and printed 1734. 66. -Sir John-] Gonson, a Middlesex Justice, the terror of women on the town.
Page 67. Captain Thomas, once a student of ChristChurch, and in orders, was afterwards Lieutenantcolonel of Whitmore's regiment, and quarter-mastergeneral. In the first attack on Bellisle, April 8, 1761, he was mortally wounded, and taken prisoner.
ibid. To right the files, and study Bland.] “ Bland's Treatise on Military Discipline."
68. Steal into Dodsley's new Museum,] Published in 1746 and 7.