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ADDITIONS AND CORRECTIONS. P. 59. “ Bp. Warburton, when in 1764 he mentions forty years ago,' speaks in round numbers. He was presented by the Duke of Newcastle to the Rectory of Firsby on the death of Mr. Thomas Heron ; who, as appears from the Registers of that parish, was buried in 1730. The name of no other Rector can be found in those Registers till 1754; when · William Warbirton, D. D. Rector',' together with the Curate's, and Churchwardens' names for the time being, are all fairly written on a blank leaf in the beginning of a Register-book." R. S.-Dr. Warburton resigned Firsby in 1756.
Ibid. A singular coincidence of circumstances attended the death of Dr. Stukeley, in March 1765. Mr. Harris, the Lecturer of St. George, had just deceased ; in consequence of which an election was appointed. The candidates were, Mr. Hollingbury, of the Charter-house, and Mr. Floyd. The latter had a majoriiy of one vote till Mr. Serjeant Eyre arrived from his house in Queen-square, whence he was brought in a chaise, in consequence of previous indisposition. Mr. Eyre's vote given, the candidates had equal numbers. Thus situated, Dr. Stukeley exercised his right of voting a second tine, as Rector of the parish, which he gave to Mr. Hollingbury, who was immediately declared duly elected. All this was in the common course of eve its. But mark the catastrophe of an ecclesiastical contested election: the Rector caught a violent cold in the vestry-room, that terminated in a paralytic stroke, and that in his death, aged upwards of 78, The Serjeant fell in the same room, exhausted by illness, was carried home, and exhausted in a few days afterwards.
P. 112, ncte, r. “ John Law, esq.”
P. 193. The Volume of Poems published by Concanen contains several articles very creditable to a young man. In 1721, in tlie Prologue to his Comedy of “ Wexford Wells," he apologizes for
an unpractis'd Muse,
Ere twenty summers yet have fledg'd his wings.”
“ The Match at Foot-ball," a mock-heroic in Three Cantos, is a pleasing description of that athletic exercise, between six young men of Lusk against six from Sands, two townships about seven miles to the North of Dublin.
One Poem i transcribe, as the greater part of the opinions must be allowed to be perfectly correct; and it is the rather selected from the just compliment he pays in it to Swift and Pope. “ Letter to a CRITICK, in Vindication of ihe Modern Poets.
“ How oft, my Friend, hast thou with grief unfeign'd Of the vast dearth of modern Wit complain'd!
Against the Learning of our age exclaim'd;
To you its date best recommends the Writ,
Such is the prejudice which Mankind sways,
When Southern melts in unaffected strains,
Congreve, her darling, ev'ry Muse design'd,
Great and unmatch'd is laurel'd Eusden's praise,
With pleasing notes the woods and valleys ring
As when the birds of ev'ry tuneful kind,
Before Columbus rose, mistaken men
So many charms in Granville's Muse appear,
There Young arrests the Muse, and claims her praise
Soft Philips next, who to his artful song
Fain would I rove through Steele's instructive page,
The grateful Muse to Swift exulting flies,
Grov'ling on earth she lay unfledg'd before,
Nor are these all-unnumber'd lights appear,
As when the clouded mantle of the Night,
While some united form one common blaze."
P. 263. Hawley Bishop, esq. the “other kind labourer in the vineyard," is enumerated by Mr. Theobald in his Preface among his generous assistants. He probably died about that period; as did another of his friends, Edward Roome, esq. See p. 326.
P. 669. The following pathetic lines, on the death of the younger Dr. Lettsom, were written by the Rev. Thomas Maurice.
“On virtuous Lettsom, in his manly bloom,
And bade his soul quit Earth for PARADISE." P. 683. 1. 34. r. Elysian Fields; though, &c.—Dr. Lettsom's pleasing Letter of invitation, to a Sermon for the Royal Humane Society, and a dinner at his Camberwell Villa, was thus answered: “ DEAR Doctor,
Leicester, Sept. 7, 1795. “ After three or four days hard fatigue in the exploring of Antiquarian Mines, on returning to Leicester through perilous roads at one in the morning, I find a large packet of letters, many of them from :hose I esteem-particularly one which I read with singular pleasure, from the man who unites the two qualities for which Dr. Johnson commended Dr. James and Mr. Garrick- from him who lengthens, and him who gladdens life. Yes, my good Doctor, I will certainly meet you at Philippi ;
aye, and philip your beef and your wine afterwards ; and look
J. P." P.743. The two following publications occasioned the introduction of their respective Authors into the notes on The Dunciad:
1. “Critical Observations on Shakespeare, by John Upton, Prebendary of Rochester, 1746 ;" a second Edition in 1748.
This produced the following note on Book IV. ver. 237,
" Much wiser Critics than Dennis and Gildon; celebrated in the foregoing Book, who became the public scorn by a mere mistake of their talents. They would needs turn Critics of their own Countrymen (just as Aristotle and Longinus did of theirs) and discourse upon the beauties and defects of composition :
How parts relate to parts, and they to whole;
The Body's harmony, the beaming Soul. Whereas had they followed the example of these Microscopes of Wit, Kuster, Burman, and their followers, in verbal criticism on the learned languages, their acuteness and industry might have raised them a name equal to the most famous of the Scholiasts. We can therefore but lament the late Apostasy of the Prebendary of Rochester, who, beginning in so good a train, has now turned short, to write Comments on the FIRE-SIDE and Dreams upon Shakespeare; where we find the spirit of Oldmixon, Gildon, and Dennis, all revived in his belaboured observations, SCRIBL. – Here, Scriblerus ! in this affair of the Fireside *, I want thy usual candour. It is true Mr. Upton did write notes upon it; but with all honour and good faith. He took it to
* Bp. Warburton, in a Letter to Mr. Hurd, Feb. 24, 1749-50, thus notices the circumstance :“You ask about the Prebendary of Rochester, Browne (the Pipe-of-Tobacco Browne) wrote a lampoon on Lord Gran. ville, called “ The Fire-side." To add the more poignaney to his satire, he, in the wantonness of his spleen, conceived a design that Upton should write notes upon it. He knew him to be dull enough not to see the drift. of the lampoon, and vain enough to think himself honoured by ibe re, quest; so he got him to bis chambers, and persuaded bim to write what indeed he himself in part dictated to him. In this condition the lampoon was printed, and then Browne told all bis acquaintance tbe joke. I had it not from himself, and therefore was at liberty to speak of it. But was it not a charity to caution him against a commerce with this species of Wits, whose characteristic is what Mr. Pope gives them, of
A brain of feathers, and a heart of lead! “Upton's offence was well known, but it is not always so.
For one does not care to trouble tbe publick with particularities, nor perpetuate the memory of impertinent and forgotten abuse ; hence you gain the character, amongst those who neither know you, nor your provocasions, of being unjustly censorious and satirical." VOL. II. 3 I