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-poet Ward.] A brother officer in
she same regiment.
69. From Lowendhall 'twould pity meet,] Under this Marshal, the siege of Bergen-op-Zoom was carried on in 1747.
ibid. Saxe himself might weep t' see't.] Maurice Count Saxe, natural son of Augustus II. of Poland, was reputed one of the first generals of the age. He died 1 750.
Page 71. Mr. Straight held from his College the rectory of Findon in Sussex, and was collated by Bishop Hoadly to the stall of Warminster in the church of Salisbury. By misfortunes, however, he was greatly impoverished, and two volumes of his sermons were published for his family. He was a man of "extraordinary abilities and excentric good-sense."
Ben.] Benjamin Hoadly, M. D. -'till you dance a judge;] Alluding to
an antiquated custom of a new judge's dancing, in the hall of the society of which he was a member, with the senior members of it.
Page 76. The writer of this Epistle was the youngest son of Bishop Hoadly, born in London, and educated at Hackney, where he distinguished himself, as Phocyas, in the " Siege of Damascus." He was after
ward both of Ben'et College, Cambridge, and the Temple; but not liking the law as a profession, he entered into orders, was appointed chancellor of his father's diocese, and successively chaplain to the late Prince and Princess of Wales. He was the author of several little poems, and of some dramatic compositions. Of which one was a tragedy on the fall of Lord Cromwell. He is supposed also to have assisted his brother in his comedy of "the Suspicion Husband.” His father's works were collected by him, and published with Memoirs in 3 folio volumes.
76. In crowded street of Arlington,] Sir Robert Walpole's residence was then in this street.
Page 81. Your Sykeses and your Waterlands] Two celebrated controversialists.
Page 83. The writer of this Epistle was the son of William Duncombe, esquire. Having been instructed in the languages at the Charter-house, he removed to Ben'et College, Cambridge, where he took his de gree of M. A. He assisted his father in translating Horace, was the author and editor of various little pieces, and just before his death, published a selec. tion from Julian, &c. with notes, in 2 vols. octavo.He was one of the six preachers in Christ-Church, Canterbury.
Page 88. Dr. Lisle, the son of Edward Lisle, Esq. of Crux-Easton in Hampshire, was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he took the successive degrees of Master of Arts, and Batchelor, and Doctor in Divinity. At the time of his death, which happened in March 1767, he was rector of Burghclere, in Hampshire.
-poor Die-charming Queensbury
-the best poem
-] The late
-] The Iliad. -Plato's master- -] Socrates.
And I had somewhere seen, you know,
A finer grott than she could shew.] At CruxEaston, the work of his Nine Sisters, on which Mr. Pope wrote an inscription, and Mr. Herbert of Highclear, verses.
Page. 108. Of the Lady to whom Dr. Dalton inscribed this Epistle, Mr. Walpole hath observed, that "she had as much taste for the writings of others, as modesty about her own."-She was the intimate friend of the celebrated Mrs. Rowe, and not only wrote verses upon her death, but also, in the "Letters from the Dead to the Living," those which are signed CLEORA. The Lord Beauchamp, to
whom Dr. Dalton had been tutor, was her only son. She died at Percy Lodge 1754.
109. -to build the lofty rhyme,] Milton.
113. Britannia's naval heroes, &c.] About that time the crew of the Centurion were expected to pass by from Portsmouth, with the prize-money taken from the Acapulca ship.
Like Smithson's, may his manly heart
Act not the vain, but generous part, &c.] Sir Hugh Smithson, late Duke of Northumberland; who was married to her only daughter, afterward the Duchess.
Page 119. Mr. Whaley was originally of Eton, whence he removed to King's College, Cambridge, and there was contemporary with Earl Camden, Dr. Davies, &c. He was a man of ingenuity and taste. One volume of his Poems was published by himself, and another after his decease,
Page 129. But choosing-still at home-to share One corner of St. James's Square-] Alluding to the Earl of Hardwicke's house, which is literally so situated.
131. Where Green's sweet Muse, attunes her song,] Dr. Green, Professor of Music, who set several of Dr. Hoadly's compositions.
Page 132. Dr. Waldren was descended from a respectable family, long seated at Exeter. From the grammar school of that city, he was admitted of Exeter Col. lege, Oxford; and afterwards elected a fellow of All-Souls. On the death of Dr. Finch, warden of that college in 1702, Dr. Waldren was invited to succeed him. He quitted Exeter (where he had practised physic with a degree of success still remembered) for the purpose; but contracted an illness, on his way to Oxford, which terminated his life, a few days after his arrival. Jacob mentions him "as a well"bred, genteel man, most agreeable in conversation, "very polite in his compositions, and peculiarly happy "in the expression of his thoughts." On the attack which was the occasion of this Epistle, Dr. CHETWOOD wrote the lines that follow:
ON THE FIRST FIT OF THE GOUT.
WELCOME, thou friendly earnest of fourscore,