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There Ridpath, Roper, cudgel'd might ve view, The goddess then: “Who best can send on high
With cow-like udders, and with ox-like eyes. “And oh !” (he cry'd) “ what street, what lane, but This Chiva jordan let the chief o'ercoine knows
Replenish, not ingloriously, at biome.” Our purgings, pumpings, blanketings, and blows ! Osborne and Curll accept the glorious strife, In every loom our labours shall be seen,
(Though this his son dissuades, and that his wife.) And the fresh vomit run for ever green !”
One on his manly confidence relies, See in the circle next, Eliza plac'u,
One on his vigour and stiperior size.
170 Two babes of love close clinging to her waist; First Osborne lean'd against his letter'd post : Fair as before her works she stands confess'd, (160 It rose, and labour'd to a curve at most. In flowers and pearls by bounteous Kirkall dress'd. So Jove's bright bow displays its watery round
(Sure sign that no spectator shall be drown'd). A second effort brought but new disgrace,
The wild meander wash'd the artist's face : was sentenced to be whipped through several Thus the small jet, which hasty hands unlock, towns in the west of England, upon which he per Spirts in the gardener's eyes who turns the cock. tioned king James II. to be hanged. When that Not so from shameless Curll; impetuous spread prince died in exile, he wrote an invective against The stream, and smoking flourish'd o'er his head. his memory, occasioned by some humane elegies So (fam'd like thee for turbulence and horns) (180 on his death.
He lived to the time of queen Eridanus his humble fountain scorns ;
Through half the heavens he pours th’exalted urn; the Flying-post and Post-bay, two scandalous papers on different sides, for which they equally and alternately deserved to be cudgelled, and
Ver. 167. Osborne, Thomas] A bookseller in Ver. 151. Himself among the story'd chiefs he Gray's-iun, very well qualified by his impudence spies,] The history of Curll's being tossed in a to act this part; therefore placed here instead of blanket, and whipped by the scholars of West a less deserting predecessor. [Chapman, the minster, is well known. Of his purging and publisher of Mrs. Haywood's New Utopia, &c.) vomiting, see A full and true account of a horrid This man published advertisements for a year Revenge on the body of Edm. Curll, &c. in Swift together, pretending to sell Mr. Pope's subscrip. and Pope's Miscellanies."
tion books of Homer's Illiad at half the price : of Ver. 157. See in the circle next, Eliza plac'd,] which book he had none, but cut to the size of In this game is exposed, in the most contemptu- them (which was quarto) the common books in ous manner, the profligate licentiousness of those folio, without copper-plates, on a worse paper, shameless scribblers (for the most part of that sex and never above half the value. which ought least to be capable of such malice or Upon this advertisement the Gazetteer ha. impudence) who, in libellous memoirs and novels, rangued thus, July 6, 1739, “ How melancholy reveal the faults or misfortunes of both sexes, to must iť be to a writer to be go unhappy as to see the ruin of public fame, or disturbance of private his works hawked for sale in a manner so fatal to happiness. Our good poet (by the whole cast of his fame! How, with honour to yourself, and his work being obliged not to take off the irony) justice to your subscribers, can this be done! where he could not show his indignation, hath What an ingratitude to be charged on the only shown his contempt, as much as possible; having honest poet that lived in 1738 ! and than whom here drawn as vile a picture as could be repre- Virtre has not had a shriller trumpeter for many sented in the colours of epic poesy.--Scribl. ages! That you were once generally admired and
Ibid. Eliza Haywood; this woman was au-esteemed, can be denied by none; but that you toress of those most scandalous books called the and your works are now despised, is verified by Court of Carimania, and the New Utopia. For this fact:" which being utterly false, did not inthe two babes of love, see Curli, Key, p. 22. deed much humble the author, but drew this just But whatever reflection he is pleased to throw chastisement on the bookseller. upon this lady, surely it was what from him she Ver. 183. Through half the heavens he pours little deserved, who had celebrated Curll's under th' exalted urn;] In a manuscript Dunciad (where takings for reformation of manners, and declared are some marginal corrections of some gentlemen herself “to be so perfectly acquainted with the some time dec: -ased) I have found another read. stveetness of his disposition, and that tenderness ing of these tints : thus, with which he considered the errours of his fellow
And lifts his ‘urn, through half the heavens creatures; that, though she should find the little
to flow; inadvertencies of her own life recorded in his
His rapid waters in their passage glow. papers, she was certain it would be done in such a manner as she could not but approve.”—Mrs. This I cannot but think the right: for, first, Haywood, Hist. of Clar. printed in the female though the difference between burn and glow may Dunciad, p. 18.
seem not very material to others, to me I confess Ver. 167. Kirkall,) the name of an engraver.
the latter has an elegance, a je ne sçay quoy, Some of this lady's works were printed in four which is much easier to be conceived than exs volumes in 12mo, with her picture thus dressed plained. Secondly, every reader of our poet up before them.
must have observed how frequently he uses this
Swift as it mounts, al follow with their eyes : Unlucky Welsted! thy unfeeling master, 209 Still happy Impudence obtains the prize.
The more thou ticklest, gripes his fist the faster. Thou triumph'st, victor of the high-wrought day, While thus each hand promotes the pleasing And the pleas'd dame, soft siniling, lead'st away. And quick sensations skip from vein to vein; (pain, Osborne, through perfect modesty o'ercome, 189 A youth unknown to Phobus, in despair, Crown'd with the jordan, walks contented home. Puts his last refuge all in Heaven and pray
But now for authors nobler palms remain : What force have pious vows ! the queen of love Room for my lord ! three jockeys in his train ; Her sister sends, her votaress, from above, Six huntsmen wito a shout precede his chair : As, taught by Venus, Paris learnt the art Ho grins, and looks broad nonsense with a stare. To touch Achilles' only tender part ; His honour's meaning Dulness thus exprest, Secure, through her, the noble prize to carry, “ He wins this patron who can tickle best.” He marches off, his grace's secretary. 220
He chinks his purse, and takes his seat of state: “ Nowturn to different sports” (the goddess cries) With ready qnills the dedicators wait;
“And learn, my sons, the wondrous power of noise. Now' at his head the dextrous task commence, To move, to raise, to ravish every heart, And, instant, fancy feels th' imputed sense; 200 With Shakespeare's nature, or with Jonson's art, Now gentle touches wanton o'er his face,
Let others aim : 'Tis yours to shake the soul He struts Adonis, and affects grimace:
With thunder rumbling from the inustard-bowl, Rolli the feather to his ear conveys,
With horns and trumpets now to madness swell, Then his nice taste directs our operas :
Now sink in sorrows with a tolling bell ! Bentley his mouth with classic tattery opes, Such happy arts attention can command, And the puff'd orator bursts out in tropes. When fancy Aags, and sense is at a stand. 230 But Welsted most the poet's healing balm Improve we these. Three cat-calls be the bribe Strives to extract from his soft, giving palm ; Of him, whose chattering shames the monkey tribe:
And his this drum, whose hoarse heroic bass
Drowns the loud clarion of the braying ass." word glow in other parts of his works: To instance Now thousand tongues are heard in one loud din: only in his Homer :
The monkey-mimics rush discordant in; (1.) Iliad ix. ver, 726.--With one resentment
glows. (2.) Wiad xi. ver. 626.—There the battle glows. Tho. Bentley, a small critic, who aped his uncle (3.) Ibid. ver. 995.--l'he closing flesh that in. in a little Horace. The great one was intended stant ceas'l to glow.
to be dedicated to the lord Halifax, buit (on a (4.) Iliad xii. ver. 45.-Encompass'd Hector change of the ministry) was given to the earl of glows.
Oxford; for which reason the little one was (5.) Ibid. ver. 475.- His beating breast with dedicated to his son the lord Harley. generous ardour glows.
Ver. 207. Welsted] Leonard Welsted, author (6) Iliad. xviii. ver. 591.- Another part glow'd of the Triumvirate, or a Letter in verse from with refulgent arms.
Palamon to Celia at Bath, which was meant for (7.) Ibid. ver. 654. - And curld on silver props d satire on Vir. P. and some of his friends about in order glow,
the year 1718. He writ other things which we I am afraid of growing too luxuriant in exam cannot remeinber. Smedley, in his Metamor. ples, or I could stretch this catalogue to a great phosis of Seribl rus, inentions one, the Hyinn of exteot; but these are enough to prove his fond a Gentleman to his Creator : And there was anoness for this beantitul word, which, therefore, let ther in praise either of a Cellar, or a Garret. all future editions replace hise.
W. characterized in the Ilage Bébou;, or the Art of I am aware, after all, that burn is the proper | Siuking, as a didapper, and after as an eel, is word to convey an idea of what was said to be said to be this person, by Dennis, Daily Journal Mr. Curll's condition at this time, but from that of May 11, 1728. He was also characterised very reason I infer the direct contiert. For surely under another ani'nal, a mole, by the author of every lover of our author will conclulc he had
the ensuing simile, which was handu about at the more humanity than to insult a man on such a same tine : misfortune or calamity, which could never befal
Dear Welsted, mark in dirty hole, him purely liy his own fault, but from an un
That painful animal, a mole : happy cominunication with another. This note is
Above grurind never born t grow; half Mr. Theobald, half Scribl. Ver. 203. Pavlo Antonio Rolli,) an Italian poet,
What mighty stir it keeps below!
To make a molc-hill all his strife! and writer of many operas in that language, which, partly by the help of his genius, prevailed in
It digs, pokes, undermines for ifte
How proud a little dirt to spread;
Conscious of nothing o'er its head! some fine gentlemen, who affected to direct the
Till, labouring on for want of eyes, operas. Ver. 205. Bentley his mouth. &c.] Not spoken You hare hiin aguin in book iii. ver. 169.
Ji blunders into light and dits. of the famous Dr. Richard Bentley, but of one
Ver. 226. With thunder rumbling from the VARIATIONS.
mustard bunl,] The old way of making thunder Ver. 205. In former edit. Welsted.
and ma staru 11ere the same; but since, it is mcre Ver. 207. in the first edit.
adrantageously performed by trouchs of wood with But Olmixon the poet's healing halm, &c. stops in then. Whether Mr. Janis was the in And again in ver. 309. Lalucky Oldmixon ! verlor of Chant improvement, I know nut; but it
'Twas chattering, grinning, mouthing, jabbering all, This labour past, by Bridewell ali descend;
twenty books: Eliza, ten ; Alfred, twelve; the And major, minor, and conclusion quick..
Redeemer, six; besides Job, in folio; the whole “ Hold," cry'd the queen,
“A cat-vall each shall
Book of Psalms; the Creation, seven books; NaEqual your merits ! equal is your din! [win ; ture of Man, three books; and many more. It But that this well-disputed game may end, is in this sense he is styled afterwards the everSound forth, my brayers, and the welkin rend.”
lasting Blackmore. Notwithstanding all which, As when the long-ear'd milky mothers wait
Mr. Gildon seems assured, “that this admirable At some sick miser's triple-bolted gate,
author did not think himself upon the same foot For their defrauded, absent foals they make
with Homer."--Comp. Art. of Poetry, vol. 1. A nioan so loud, that all the Guild awake; 250 Sore sighs sir Gilbert, starting at the bray,
But how different is the judgment of the auFrom dreams of millions, and three groats to pay : thor of Characters of the Times ? p. 25, who says, So swells each wind-pipe : ass intones to ass, “ Sir Richard Blackmore is unfortunate in hapHarmonic twang! of leather, horn, and brass ;
pening to inistake his proper talents; and that Such as from labouring lungs th' enthusiast blows,
he has not for many years been so much as named, High sounds, attemper'd to the vocal nose ;
or even thought of among writers.” Even Mr. Or such as bellow from the deep divine ; [thine. Denuis difiers greatly from his friend Mr. Gildon : There, Webster! peal'd thy voice, and Whitfield !
“ Blackmore's action”, saith he, “has neither But far o'er all sonorous Blackmore's strain ;
unity, nor integrity, nor morality, nor univerWalls, steeples, skies, bray back to him again. 260 sality; and consequently he can have no fable, In Tottenhain fields, the brethren, with amaze, and nu heroic poem : his narration is neither proPrick all their ears up, and forget to graze !
bable, delightful, nor wonderful ; his characters Long Chancery-lane retentive rolls the sound,
have none of the necessary qualifications; the And courts to courts return it round and round;
tbings contained in his narration are neither in Thames wafts it thence to Rufus' roaring hall,
their own nature delightful, nor numerous enough, A::d Hungerford re-ethoes bawl for bawl.
nor rightly disposed, nor surprising, por pathetic." All bail him victor in both gifts of song,
- Nay, he proceeds so far as to sły, sir Richard Who sings so loudly, and who sings so long. has no genius; first laying down that “ genius
is caused by a furious joy and pride of soul, on the | VARIATIO s.
conception of an extraordinary liint. Many men Ver. 241, 242. added since the first edition.
(says he) have their hints, without those moVer. 257, 258. This couplet is an addition.
tions of fury and pride of soul, because they want
fire enough to agitate their spirits; and these we REMARKS.
call cold writers. Others who have a great deal is certain, that being once at a tragedy of a new of Gre, but have not excellent organs, feel the author, he fell into a great passion at hearing fore-mentioned motions, without the extraordisome, and cried, “ 'Sdeath! that is my thun- | nary bints; and these we call fustian writers. Ent der."
he declares that sir Richard had neither the hints Ver. 238. Norton,] See ver. 417.--). Durant
nor the motions."-Remarks on Pr. Arth. octavo, Breval, author of a very extraordinary book of 1696. Preface. travels, and some poeins.
See before, note on
This gentleman in his first works abused the ver. 126.
character of Mr. Dryden ; and in his last, of Mr. Ver. 258. Webster—and Whitfield] The one Pope, accusing him in very high and sober terins the writer of a news-paper called the Weekly Mis- of profaneness and iminorality (Essay on Pulite cellany, the other a field-preacher. This thought writing, vol. i. p. 270.) on a mere report from the only means of advancing religion was by the
Edm. Curll, that he was author of a travestie on new-birth of spiritual niadness: that by the old
the first psalm. Mr. Dennis took up the same death of fire and faggot; and therefore they report, but with the addition of what sir Richard agreed in this, though in no other earthly thing, bad neglected, an argument to prove it; which to abuse all the sober clergy. From the small being very curious we shall here transcribe.
" It of these two extraordinary persons, is he who burlesqued the psalms of David. It we may learn how little hurtful bigotry and enthusiasin are, while the civil magistrate pru- by a popish rhymester. Let rhyming persons who
is apparent to me that psalm was burlesqned dently forbears to lend his power to the one, in have becn brought up protestants be otherwise order to the employing it against the other.)
what they will, let them be rakes, let them be Ver. 263. Long Chancery-lane] The place scoundrels, let them be atheists, yet education where the ofiles of chancery are kept. The long has made an invincible impression on them in bedetention of clients in that court, and the diffi
half of the sacred writings. But a popish rhymeculty of getting out, is humourously allegorized ster has been brought up with a contempt for those in these lins.
sacred writings; now show me another popish Ver. 268. Who siogs so loudly, and who sings rhymester but he.” This manner of argumentation so long.) A just character of sir Richard Black-1 is usual with Mr. Dennis; he has employed the more, kuight, who (as Mr. Drysien expresseth it) same against sir Richard hiinself, in a like charge
Writ to the rumbling of bis coach's wheels. of impiety and irreligion. “ All Mr. Blackmore's and whose indefatigable Muse produced no less celestial machines, as they cannot be defended so than six epic pocus; Prince and King Arthur, much as by common received opinion, so are they
To where Fleet-ditch with disemiboguing streams Then sighing thus, “ And am I now threescore? Rolls the large tribute of dead dogs to Thames, Ah, why, ye gods; should two and two make The king of dykes! than whom no sluice of mud
four?" With deeper sable blots the silver flood.
He said, and climb'd a stranded lighter's height, " Here strip, my children! here at once leap in. Shot to the black abyss, and plung'u downright. Here prove who best can dash through thick and The senior's judgment all the crowd admire, And who the most in love of dirt excel, (thin, Who, but to sink the deeper, rose the higher. 290 Or dark dexterity of groping well.
Next Smedley div'd ; slow circles dimpled o'er Who flings most filth, and wide pollutes around The quaking mud, that clos'd and op'd no more. The stream, be his the Weekly Journals bound; All look, all sigh, and call on Smedley lost; A pig of lead to him who dives the best; 281 Smedley in vain resounds through all the coast. A peck of coals apiece shall glad the rest."
Then * * essay'd; scarce vanish d out of sight, In naked inajesty Oldmixon stands,
He buoys up instant, and returns to light:
of man.” “In poetry he was not so happy as directly contrary to the doctrine of the church of laborious, and therefore characterised by the England, for the visible descent of an angel must | Tatler, No. 62, by the name of Omicron the be a miracle. Now it is the doctrine of the church Unborn Poet." Curll, Key, p. 13. “ He writ of England that miracles had ceased a long time dramatic works, and a volume of poetry consisting before prince Arthur came into the world. of heroic epistles, &c. some whereof were very Now if the doctrine of the church of England be well done,” said that great judge, Mr. Jacob, in true, as we are obliged to believe, then are all his Lives of Poets, vol. ii. p. 303. the celestial machines in prince Arthur unsuffer
In his Essay on Criticism, and the Arts of Logic able, as wanting not only human, but divine and Rhetoric, he frequently reflects on our author. probability. But if the machines are sufferable, But the top of his character was a perverter of that is, if they have so much as divine proba- history, in that scandalous one of the Stuarts in bility, then it follows of necessity that the doc- folio, and his Critical History of England, two trine of the church is false. So I leave it to every volumes octavo. Being employed by bishop impartial clergyman to consider,” &c.-Preface Kennet, in publishing the historians in his collecto the Remarks on Prince Arthur.
tion, he falsified Daniel's Chronicle in numberless Ver. 270. (As morning prayer and flagellation places. Yet this very man, in the preface to the end)] It is between eleven and twelve in the morn first of these books, advanced a particular fact ing, after church service, that the criminals are to charge three eminent persons of falsifying the whipt in Bridewell. This is to mark punctually lord Clarendon's History ; which fact has been the lime of the day: Homer does it by the cir- disproved by Dr. Atterbury, late bishop of cumstance of the judges rising from court, or of Rochester, then the only survivor of them; and the labourers dinner: our author by one very the particular part he pretended to be falsified, proper both to the persons and the scene of his produced since, after almost ninety years, in poem, which we may remember commenced in that noble author's original manuscript. He was the evening of the lord-mayor's day. The first all his life a virulent party.writer for hire, and book passed in that night; the next morning the received his reward in a small place, which he engames begin in the Strand, thence along Fleet- joyed to his death. street (places inhabited by booksellers), then they Ver. 291. Next Smedley div'd ; ] In the surrepti. proceed by Bridewell toward Fleet-ditch, and tious editions, this whole episode was applied to lastly throngh Ludgate to the city, and the temple an initial letter E-, by whom if they meant the of the goddess.
laurcat, nothing was more absurd, no part agree. Ver. 280. the Weekly Joumals] Papers of news | ing with his character. The allegorv evidently and scandal intermixed, on different sides and demands a person dipped in scandal, and deeply parties, and frequently shifting from one side to immersed in dirty work; whereas Mr. Eusden's the otner, called the London Journal, British writings rarely offended but by their length and Journal, Daily Journal, &c. the concealed multitude, and accordingly are taxed of nothing writers of which for some time were Oldmixon, | else in book i ver. 102. But the person here Roome, Arnall, Concanen, and others; persons mentioned, an Irishman, was author and publisher never seen by our author.
of many scurrilous pieces, a weekly Whitehall Ver. 283. In naked majesty Oldmixon stands, ] | Journal, in the year 1722, in the name of sir Mr. John Oldmixon, next to Mr. Dennis, the most James Baker; and ;articularly whole volumes of ancient critic of our nation; an unjust cens rer of Billingsgate against Dr. Swift and Mr. Pope, Mr. Addison in his prose Essay on Criticism, whom called Gulliveriana and Alexandriana, printed in also in his imitation of Bouhours (called the Arts octavo, 1728. of Logic and Rhetoric) he misrepresents in plain Ver. 295. Then * * essay'il ;] A gentieiran of matter of fact; for in p. 45. he cites the Spectator | genius and spirit, who was secretly dipt in some as abusing Dr. Swift by name, where there is not papers of this kind, on whom our poet bestows a the least hint of it, and in p. 304 is so iojurious panegyric instead of a satire, as deserving to be as to suggest that Mr. Addison himself writ that better einpluyed than in party-quarrels, and perTatler, No. 43, which says of his own simile, sonal invectives. that “ 'Tis as great as ever entered into the mind
Ver. 295. in former edit. Ver. 283. In former edit.---great Dennis stands.
Then * * try'd, but hardly suatch'd from sight,
He bears no tokens of the sabler streams,
Whirlpools and storms his circling arm invest,
True to the bottom, see Concanen creep,
Ver. 315. In first edit.
Not Welsted so: drawn endlong by his skull, No noise, no stir, no motion canst thou make, Furious he sinks, precipitately duli. Th' unconscious stream sleeps o'er thee like a lake.
Next plung'il a feeble, but a desperate pack, With each a sickly brother at his back :
Notwithstanding this affected ig:orance of the Sons of a day! just buoyant on the flood,
good Scriblerus, the Daily Gazetteer was a title Then number'd with the puppies in the inud.
given very properly to certair papers, each of Ask ye their names? I could as soon disclose woich lasted but a day. Intu this, as a common The names of these blind puppies as of those. 310 sink, was received all the trash, which had been Fast by, like Niobe (her childron gone)
before dispersed in several journals, and circulated Sits Mother Osborne, stupify's! to stone!
at the public expense of the nation. The authors And monumental brass this record bears,
were the same obscure men ; though sometimes “ These are,--ah no! these were the Gazetteers !" relieved by occasional essays from statesmen, Not so bold Arnall; with a weight of skull,
courtiers, bishops, dcans, and doctors. 'The Furious he dives, precipitately dull.
meaner sort were rewarded with money; others
with places or benetices, from an hundred to a VARIATIONS.
It appears from the Report of After ver. 298. in the first eelit. followed these : the Secret Committee for inquiring into the ConFar worse unhappy D-s succeeds,
duct of R. Earl of 0- " That no less than fifty He search'd for coral, but he gather'd weeds.
thousand seventy-seven pounds eighteen shillings, Ver. 305--314. Not in former ed.
were paid to authors and printers of newspapers, such as Free Britons, Daily Courants, Corn Cut
ter's Journals, Gazetters, and other political paREMARKS
pers, between Feb. 10, 1731, and Feb. 10, 1741." Ver. 299. Concanen] Mathew Concanen, an Irishman, bred to the law. Smedley (one of his which shows the benevolence of one minister, to brethren in enmity to Swift) in his Metamorphosis years in Britain, double the sum whicb gamed
have expended, for the current dulness of ten of Scriblcrus, p. 7. acruses him of having Louis XIV. so much honour, in annual pensions boasted of what he had not written, but others had revised and done for bim.”. He was author in a much longer time, not a pension at court,
to learned men all over Europe. In which, and of several dull and dead scurrilities in the British
nor preferment in the church or universities, of and London Journals, and in a paper called the Speculatist. In a paniphlet, called a Supplement tinguished for his learning separately from party
any consideration, was bestowed on any man disto the Profound, he dealt very unfairly with our merit, or pamphlet-writing. poet, not only frequently imputing to him Mr.
It is worth a reflection, that of all the panegyrics Broome's verses (for which he might indeed seem
bestowed by these writers on this great minister, in some degree accountable, having corrected what
not one is at this day, extant or remembered, not that gentleman did) but those of the duke of
even so inuch credit done to his personal character Buckingham, and others : to this somebody humorously caused him to take for his by all they have written, as by one short occa
sional compliment of our author: motto, De profundis clamavi. He was since a hired scribbler in the Daily Courant, where he
Seen him I have; but in his happier hour poured forth much Billingsgate against the lord
Of social pleasure, ill exchang'd for power! Bolingbroke, and others; after which this man was
Seen hiin, uncunber'd by the venal tribe,
Smile without art, and win without a bribe. surprisingly promoted to administer justice and law in Jamaica
Ver. 315. Arnall) William Arnall, bred an Ver. 306, 307. With each a sickly brother at attorney, was a perfect genius in this sort of work. his back :---Sons of a day, &c.] These were daily He began under twenty with furious party-papers; papers, a dumber of which, to lessen the expense, then succeeded Concanen in the British Journal. were printed one on the back of another.
At the first publication of the Dunciad, he preVer. 312. Osborne) A name assumed by the railed on the author not to give him his due place eldest and grav st of these writers, who, at last, in it, by a letter professing his detestation of bring ashamed of his pupils, gave bis paper over, such practices as his predecessor's. But since, by and in his age remained silent.
the most unexampled insolence, and personal abuse Vir. 314. Gazetteers] We ought not to suppose of several great men, the poet's particular friends, that a modern critic here taxeth the poet with an he most amply deserved a niche in the temple anachronisin, affirming these gazetteers not to of infamy: witness a paper, called the Free have lived within the time of his poem, and Briton, a dedication entituled, To the Genuine challenging us to pro-luce any such paper of that Blunderer, 1732, and many others. He writ for date. But we inay with equal assurance assert hire, and valued himself upon it; not indecd withthese gazetteers not to have lived since, and out cause, it appearing by the aforesaid Report, challenge all the learned world to produce one that he received “ for Free Britons, and other such paper at this day. Surely therefore, where writings, in the space of four years, no less than the poiut is so obscure, our author ought not to be ten thousand nine hundred and ninety-seveu pounds Ceasured two rashly.
Scribl. six shillings and eight pence, out of the Treasuty." 1