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tale concerning Clarendon were forged, he should suspect Ducket of the falsehood; “for Rag was a man of great veracity.” Of Gilbert Walmsley, thus presented to my mind, let me indulge myself in the remembrance. I knew him very early ; he was one of the first friends that literature procured me, and I hope that at least my gratitude made me worthy of his notice. He was of an advanced age, and I was only not a boy ; yet he never received my notions with contempt. He was a whig, with all the virulence and malevolence of his party; yet difference of opinion did not keep us apart. I honoured him, and he endured me. He had mingled with the gay world, without exemption from its vices or its follies, but had never neglected the cultivation of his mind; his belief of revelation was unshaken ; his learning preserved his principles; he grew first regular, and then pious. His studies had been so various, that I am not able to name a man of equal knowledge. His acquaintance with books was great; and what he did not immediately know, he could at least tell where to find. Such was his amplitude of learning, and such his copiousness of communication, that it may be doubted whether a day now passes in which I have not some advantage from his friendship. At this man's table I enjoyed many cheerful and instructive hours, with companions such as are not often found; with one who has lengthened, and one who has gladdened life ; with Dr. James, whose skill in physic will be long remembered; and with David Garrick, whom I hoped to have gratified with this char. acter of our common friend; but what are the hopes of man . I am disappointed by that stroke of death, which has eclipsed the gaiety of nations, and impoverished the public stock of harmless pleasure.
In the library at Oxford is the following ludicrous analysis of iPocockius.
[Sent by the author to Mr. Urry.]
OPUsculum hoc, Halberdarie amplissime, in lucem proferre hactenus distuli, judicii tui acumen subveritus magis quam bipennis. Tandem aliquando oden hanc ad te mitto sublimem, teneram, flebilem, suavem, qualem demum divinus, si Musis vacaret, scripsisset Gastrellus; adeo scilicet sublimem ut inter legendum dormire, adeo flebilem ut ridere velis. Cujus elegantiam ut melius inspicias, versuum ordinem & materiam breviter referam. 1" versus de duobus præliis decantatis. 2du” & 3" de Lotharingio, cuniculis subterraneis, saxis, ponto, hostibus, & Asia. 4” & 5" de catenis, sudibus, uncis, draconibus, tigribus, & crocodilis. 6*, 7", 8", 9", de Gomorrhá, de Babylone, Babele, & quodam domi suae peregrino. 10", aliquid de quodam Pocockio. 11", 12", de Syria, Solymā. 13", 14", de Hosea, & quercu, & de juvene quodam valde sene. 15", 16*, de AEtnā, & quomodo sotna Pocockio sit valde similis. 17”, 18", de tubă, astro, umbră, flammis, rotis, Pocockio non neglecto. Caetera de Christianis, Ottomanis, Babyloniis, Arabibus, & gravissimä agrorum melancholiá; de Caesare Flacco," Nestore, & miserando juvenis cujusdam florentissimisato, anno aetatis suae centesimo praemature abrepti. Quae omnia cum accurate expenderis, necesse est ut oden hanc mean admirandā planè varietate constare fatearis. Subità ad Batavos proficiscor, lauro ab illis donandus. Prius veró Pembrochienses voco ad certamen Poeticum. Vale.
Illustrissima tua deosculor crura.
* Pro Flacco, animo paulo attentiore, scripsissem JMarone.
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UF Mr. Ric HARD DUKE I can find few memorials. He was bred at Westminster” and Cambridge ; and Jacob relates, that he was some time tutor to the duke of Richmond. He appears from his writings to have been not ill qualified for poetical compositions; and being conscious of his powers, when he left the university, he inlisted himself among the wits. He was the familiar friend of Otway; and was engaged, among -6ther popular names, in the translations of Ovid and Juvenal. In his Review, though unfinished, are some vigorous lines. His poems are not below mediocrity; nor have I found much in them to be praised.t With the wit he seems to have shared the dissoluteness of the times; for some of his compositions are such as he must have reviewed with detestation in his later days, when he published those sermons which Felton has commended. Perhaps, like some other foolish young men, he rather talked than lived viciously, in an age when he that would be thought a wit was afraid to say his prayers; and, whatever might have teen bad in the first part of his life, was surely condemned and reformed by his better judgment. In 1683, being then master of arts, and fellow of Trinity college in Cambridge, he wrote a poem on the marriage of the lady Anne with George prince of Denmark.
* He was admitted there in 1670; was elected to Trinity college, Cambridge, in 1675; and took his master’s degree in 1682. N.
f They make a part of a volume published by Tonson in 8vo. 1717, containing the poems of the earl of Roscommon and the duke of Buckingham's Essay on Poetry; but were first published in Dryden’s Miscellany, as were tnost, if not all, of the poems in that collection. H.
He then took orders;” and, being made prebendary of Gloucester, became a proctor in convocation for that church, and chaplain to queen Anne.
In 1710, he was presented by the bishop of Winchester to the wealthy living of Witney in Oxfordshire, which he enjoyed but a few months. On February 10, 1710–11, having returned from an entertainment, he was found dead the next morning. His
death is mentioned in Swift's Journal.
* He was presented to the rectory of Blaby in Leicestershire, in 1687-8; and obtained a prebend at Gloucester in 1688. N.