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Admiral in 1641 was knighted at Dover. In 1642 he commanded the Rainbow: he was afterwards, it seems, displaced from his services at sea for his loyalty; and was implicated in the Kentish Insurrection in favou of the King in 1648.
After the restoration he was made Governor of Dover Castle, and Chief Comptroller of the Navy, which he retained till his death. In 1661 he was appointed commander of the Henry, and received a commission to act as Vice-Admiral, and Commander in Chief of his Majesty's Fleet in the North Seas. +
Sir John Mennes died Feb. 18, 1670-1, with the character of an honest, stout, generous, and religious man, whose company had always been delightful to the ingenious and witty. I
Wood says he was also author of a poem, entitled Epsom Wells; and several other poems scattered in other men's works. He was buried in the church of St. Olave, Hart Street, London; where a monument and inscription were erected over his grave.
* Matthew Carter, in his curious little tract containing “ A Relation of this Insurrection,"1650, 12mo. says, after having inserted “ The Declara. tion of the Navy to the Commissioners at London," that the Insurgents having guined pos:e:sion of the Castles of Deal and Walmer, “marched away and quartered in Sandwich again that night, leaving in Deal Anthony Hamond, Esq. and Capt. Burgrave, who had been formerly an officer of the navy (both justices of peace, and gallant discreet mpen, not according to those of this wise reformation) as Commissioners for the managing of the business there, and in the fleet; having sent away for Sir John Mennis, Capt. Fogg, and some others, officers that had formerly been employed at sea by the King. and for their loyalties displaced by the Parliament, whu were also earuestly desired by the officers and mariners aboard." P. 66.
† Charnock's Biogr. Nav. I. 61. I Wood's Ath. II. 482.
DR. JAMES SMITH. Dr. James Smith, was son of Thomas Smith, Rector of Merston, in Bedfordshire, was born about 1604, and educated at Oxford ; went chaplain with Henry, Earl of Holland, when admiral of the squadron that carried supplies to the isle of Rhee; and afterwards was domestic chaplain to the Earl of Cleveland; in whose service he continued six years, and was beneficed at the same time in Lincolnshire. In 1633 he became B. D. and was now in much esteem with Massinger, Davenant, Sir John Mennes, and the other wits of the day. He then obtained the living of King's Nimpton in Devonshire, and went chaplain with the Earl of Holland in the expedition against the Scots: but returning to King's Nimpton, resided there during all the subsequent changes. At the Restoration he was made canon of Exeter, archdeacon of Barnstaple, and chaplain to Lord Clarendon; and in July 1661, D.D. Next year he became chaunter of Exeter; and in 1663 exchanged King's Nimpton, and the archdeaconry for Alphington, in the same county, where he died 20 June, 1667. Besides bis share in the Musarum Delicia, Wood says, he wrote the principal part in the collection, entitled “Wit Restored, in several select poems. London. 1658.” Svo. At the end of which is bis translation, or poem, called The Innovation of Penelope and Ulysses, a mock poem. London. 1658. 8vo. And at the end of that also is Cleaveland's Rebel Scot, translated into Latin. Wood says “he also composed Certain Anthems, not musical, but poetical, which to this day are used and sung in the cathedral of Exeter.” • Wood's Ath. II. 397.
Of this small collection, in which there are stray poems of Bishop Corbet and Sir John Suckling, I shallgive the celebrated scoffing ballad on the run-away troop of the latter, Upon Sir John Suckling's most warlike preparations
for the Scotish War. .
BY ŠIR JOXN MENNES.
* Sir John got him an ambling nag,
To Scotland for to ride a,
With half so gay a bravado ;
Hee 'ld have conquered a whole Amado.
So gallant and warlike a sight a,
Sir John, why will you go fight a?
His heart did not relent a,
Till then why should he repent a ?
Of him and all his troop a ;
For joy did hollow and whoop a.
None lik'd him so well as his own colonel,
Who took him for John de Weart a,
My gallant was nothing so peart a.
For when the Scots army came within sight,
And all men prepared to fight a,
He swore he must needs goe s-a.
The colonel sent for him back again,
To quarter him in the van a,
To be killed the very first man a.
Some ten miles back and more a,
And ne'er saw the enemy more a.
His money, which lately he spent a,
At Barwick away it went a."
The following is probably by Doctor Smith.
An Epitaph upon Doctor Prideaur's Son.
ART. XVII. The Blazon of Jealousie. A subject
not written of by any heretofore. First written ire Italian, by that learned gentleman Benedetto Varchi, sometimes Lord Chauncelor unto the Signorie of Venice: and translated into English, with speciall notes upon the same. By R. T. Genileman. London. Printed by T. S. for John Busbie, and are to be sould at his shop in S. Dunstan's Church-yard in Fleet street. 1615. 410. pp. 87, exclusive of preface, &c. which comprise 14 more.
The dedication from the English translator is " To Sir Edward Dimmock Knight, the most worthy and generous champion ynto the Sacred Maiestic of Great Britaine, &c." This is signed R. T. and dated “ from my lodging in Holborne, this 7 of November, 1614."
"The Blazon of Jealousy” was, it appears, first written and delivered as an oration before the academy of the Infiammati at Padua by V'archi; it was then published in Italian by Francesco Sansovino, an intimate friend of the author's, who dedicates it “ to the no lesse noble then faire, and yet not more faire then learned, the Lady Gaspara Stampa.” The translator was Robert Tofte, * and it is evident he was acquainted with the most eminent writers f of his day, and was himself a poet. I
See some extracts from this book in Cens. Lit. Vul. I. p. 234. + In the notes to this work several persons are mentioned, particularly Henry Constable, whom he terms an “old acquaintance and friend;" Thomas Watson, “a quondam kind acquaintance;" Drayton, George Wither, and others.
I In a note, p. 6, he says that he translated " Ariosto's Sacres into English verse, with Notes upon the same, although,” continues he,“ known to me, they were set forth in another man's name." D D 2