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the gentlemen students of both universities, prefixed to Greene's Arcaaïa, 4to. black letter, recommends his friend, Peele, “ as the chiefe supporter of pleasance now living, the Atlas of poetrie, and primus verborum artifex: whose first increase, the Arraignment of Paris, might plead to their opinions his pregnant dexteritie of wit and manifold varietie of inuention *.”
In the next place, unfortunately, there is neither such a character as a Constable in the Midsummer Nighi's Dream: nor was the three hundred pounds legacy to a sister, but a daughter.
And to close the whole, it is not possible, according to Aubrey himself, that Shakespeare could have been some years a schoolmaster in the country: on which circumstance only the supposition of his learning is professedly founded. He was not surely very young, when he was employed to kill calves, and he commenced player about eighteen! – The
* Peele seems to have been taken into the patronage of the Earl of Northumberland about 1593, to whom he dedicates in that year, “ The Honour of the Garter, a poem gratulatorie -the Fir filing consecrated to his noble name." " He was esteemed, says Anthony Wood, a most noted poet, 1579; but when or where he died, I cannot tell, for so it is, and always hath been, that most Poets die poor, and consequently obscurely, and a hard matter it is to trace them to their graves. Claruit 1599." Atb. Oxon. vol. I. p. 300.
We had lately in a periodical pamphlet, called, The Tbeatrical Review, a very curicies letter under the name of George Peele, to one Master Henrie Marle; relative to a dispute between Shakespeare and Alleyn, which was compromised by Ben Jonson.me * I never longed for thy companye more than last night; we were all verie merrie at the Globe, when Ned Alleyn did not scruple to affyrme pleafauntly to thy friende Will, that he had Itolen hys speeche about the excellencie of acting in Hamlet hys tragedye, from conversaytions manifold, whych had passed between them, and opinions gyven by Alleyn touchyng that subjecte. Shakespeare did not take this talk in good forte; but Jonson did put an end to the stryfe wyth wittelie faying, thys aftaire needeth no contentione: you stole it from Ned no doubte: do not marvel: haue you not seene hyin acte tymes out of number?". This is pretended to be printed from the original MS. dated 1600; which agrees well enough with Wood's Claruit: but unluckily, Peele was dead at least two years before. 66 As Anacreon died by the pot, lays Meres, so George Peele by the pox.” Wit's Treasury, 1598. p. 286. VOL. I. 
truth truth is, that he left his father, for a wife, a year sooner; and had at least two children born at Stratford before he retired from thence to London. It is therefore sufficiently clear, that poor Anthony had too much reason for his character of Aubrey: we find it in his own account of his life, published by Hearne, which I would earnestly recommend to any hypochondriack:
" A pretender to antiquities, roving, magotie-headed, and sometimes little better than crafed: and being exceedingly credulous, would stuff his many letters fent to A. W. with folliries and misinformations.” p. 577. FARMER
The late Mr. Thomas Osborne, bookseller, (whose exploits are celebrated by the author of the Dunciad) being ignorant in what form or language our Paradise Lost was written, employed one of his garreteers to render it from a French translation into English profe. Lest, hereafter, the compositions of Shakespeare should be brought back into their native tongue from the version of Monsieur le Comte de Catuelan, le Tourneur, &c. it may be necessary to observe, that all the following particulars, extracted from the preface of these gentlemen, are as little founded in truth as their description of the Jubilee at Stratford, which they have been taught to represent as an affair of general approbation 'and national concern.
They say, that Shakespeare came to London without a plan, and finding himself at the door of a theatre, instinctively stopped there, and offered himself to be a holder of horses:--that he was remarkable for his excellent performance of the Ghost in Hamlet:- that he borrowed nothing from preceding writers:- that all on a sudden he left the stage, and returned without eclat into his native county:that his monument at Stratford is of copper:-that the courtiers of James I. paid several compliments to him which are still preserved:- that he relieved a widow, who, together with her numerous family, was involved in a ruinous lawfuit:-- that his editors have restored many passages in his plays, by the assistance of the manuscripts he left behind him, &c. &c.
Let me not however forget the justice due to these ingenious Frenchmen, whose skill and fidelity in the execution of their very difficult undertaking, is only exceeded by such a display of candour as would serve to cover the imperfections of much less elegant and judicious writers. STEEVENS.
* Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials of the Shak
speare family; transcribed from the Register-book of the Parish of Stratford upon Avon, Warwickfhire.
+ TONE, daughter of John Shakspere, was baptized Sept.
| 15, 1558. Margaret, daughter of John Shakspere, was buried April
.30, 1563. I WILLIAM, son of John Shakfpere, was baptized April
26, 1564. Gilbert, son of John Shakspere, was baptized O&t. 13, 1566. $ Jone, daughter of John Shakspere, was baptized April
15, 1569. Anne, daughter of Mr. John Shakfpere, was baptized Sept.
28, 1571. Richard, son of Mr. John Shakfpere, was baptized March
11, 1573. Anne, daughter of Mr. John Shakspere, was buried April
4, 1579. Edmund, son of Mr. John Shakspere, was baptized May 3,
1580. Elizabeth, daughter of Anthony Shakspere, of Hampton,
was baptized Feb. 10, 1583. Susanna, daughter of WILLIAM SHAKSPERE, was bap
tized May 26, 1583.. # Samuel and Judith, son and daughter of WILLIAM
SHAKSPERE, were baptized Feb. 2, 1584. John Shakspere and Margery Roberts were married Nov.
25, 1584. Margery, wife of John Shakspere, was buried Oct. 29, 1587. Ursula, daughter of John Shakspere, was baptized March
11, 5588. Thomas Greene, alias Shakspere, was buried March 6, 1589. Humphrey, son of John Shakspere, was baptized May 24,
* With this extract from the register of Stratford, I was favoured by the Hon James West, esq. STEEVENS. * She married the ancestor of the Harts of Stratford.
Born April 23, 1564. $ This feems to be a grand-daughter of the first John. u This Samuel, only son of the poet, died aged 12.
Philip, 212 Baptisms, Marriages, Burials, &c. Philip, son of John Shakspere, was baptized Sept. 21, 1595. Samuel, son of WILLIAM SHAKSPERE, was buried
Aug. U, 1596. Mı. John Shakípere was buried Sept. 8, 1601. * John Hall, gent. and Susanna Shakspere were married
June 5, 1607. Mary Shakípere, widow, was buried Sept. 9, 1608. Gilbert Shakspere, adolescens, was buried Feb. 3, 1617. Richard Shakspere was buried Feb. 4, 1612. + Thomas Quecny and I Judith Shakspere were married
Feb. 10, 1616. WILLIAM SHAK PERE !, gentleman, was buried April
25, 16165. q Mrs. Shakspere was buried Aug. 6, 1623.
* This gentleman was a physician: he married the poet's eldest daughter. + Judith was the poet's youngest daughter.
As Shakespeare the poet married his wife from Shottery, a, village near Stratford, possibly he might become poffeffor of a remarkable house there, as part of her portion; and jointly with his wife convey it as part of their daughter Judith's portion to Thomas Queeny. It is certain that one Queeny, an elderly gentleman, fold it to Harvey, esq. of Stockton, near Southam, Warwickshire, father of John Harvey Thursby, esq. of Abington, near Northampton ; and that the aforelaid Harvey fold it again to Samuel Tyler, esq. whose fisters, as his heirs, now enjoy it.
I Died the 23d.
Ś No one hath protracted the life of Shakespeare beyond 1616, except Mr. Hume; who is pleased to add a year to it, in contradiction to all manner of evidence.
FARMER. The poet's widow. She died at the age of fixty-seven.
Extracts from the Rev. Mr. Granger's Biographical
. History of England.
The PORTRAITS of SHAKESPEARE.
Vol. I. p. 259. 8vo. Edition.
« WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE; ad orig.rab. penes D. Harley; Vertue (c. 1721; 410*.”
" WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, &c. Vertue fc. 1719. Done from the original, now in the polillion oj Roberi Keck of the Inner Temple, Esq.f large h mo." · « WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE. In the pollellion of John Nicoll of Southuate, Esq. Houbraken f. 1747; Piluft. Head's.”
« WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE; Zoust p. From a capital pi&ture in the colleErion of T. Wright, painter in Covent Garden. Y. Simon f. h. sh. mezz.".
so i his was painted in the reign of Charles II.”
* " The portrait palmed upon Mr. Pope (I use the words of the late Mr. Oldys in a MS. note to his edition of Langbaine) for an original of Shakespeare, from which he had his fine plate en. graven, is evidently a juvenile portrait of K. James I.” I am no judge in theie matiers, but only deliver an opinion, which if ill grounded, may be easily overthrown. The portrait, to me at leaít, has no traits of Shakespeare. The following observations are from the printed work of Mr. Granger. STEVENS.
i " It has been said that there never was an original portrait of Shakespeare; but that Sir Thomas Clarges, after his death, caused a portrait to be drawn for him, from a person who nearly resembled him. Mr. Walpole informs me, that the only original picture of Snakespeare is that which belonged to Mr. Keck, from whoin it passed to Mr. Nicoll, whose only daughter married the marquis of Caernarvon. This agrees with what is said in the Crie, tical Review for Dec. 1770, in relation to the fame portrait, which is there also said to have been a painted either by Richard Bur. bage, or John Taylor the player, the latter of whom left it by will to Sir William Davepant. After his death, Berterton, the actor, bought it; and when he died, Mr. Keck of the Temple gave forty guineas for it to Mrs. Barry the actress.” Mr. Walpole adds, that Marshall's print is genuine 100, and probably drawn from the life.”