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RICHARD CUMBERLAND, Esq.
OCCASIONAL LITERARY INQUIRY INTO THE AGE
IN WHICH HE LIVED,
AND THE CONTEMPORARIES WITH WHOM HE FLOURISHED.
Memoirs of his Life.
relating to a Transaction not mentioned in his own Memoirs.
BY WILLIAM MUDFORD.
A NEW AND IMPROVED EDITION,
IN TWO VOLUMES.
Furnival's-Inn Court, Holborn,
PATERNOSTER-ROW; AND J. ASPERNE, CORNHILL.
CHAP. XIV. Cumberland's literary enterprises suspended for a
time by the death of his parents.—Observations on the bigotry of Catholicism.-Produces the CHOLERIC MAN.-Examination of this play. Does not discriminate between accidental anger and general passion.-Dedicates the play to DETRACTION.-Observation of MURPHY's.-Cumberland thinks it the best of his dramas.--Examples of its deficiency in point and spirit.-Writes and publishes two Odes.—Alters and spoils SHAKSPEARE's TIMON OF ATHENS. — The opinions of Murphy and Davies upon this
alteration. The literary enterprises of Cumberland now suffered some interruption from the death of his father and mother, which happened so immediately together, that his mind must have keenly felt the stroke. Where there has existed a cordial and reciprocal affection between a child and his parents, where that affection has ripened into rational veneration, founded upon a real appreciation of the virtues of its object, and where it springs both from the recollection of past services and endearments, and from the consciousness of a pious duty, there are few events in this world more dreadful, more severely proportioned to our powers of endurance, than the death of such parents. We feel the eternal separation with more than filial