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Have you not read the Holy Writ
The chairman closes the debate, by assuring them that he has found out a more mortal weapon
than poison or the sword,
* Supposed to be written by a Methodist divine.
With this, while living, I'll, dissect him;
His various pow'rs, I own, divert me; v 'Tis his fuccefs alone has hurt me, na
. & Churchill drew his rough, but masterly pen, againft Fitz=-k; and, in fifty
' expressive lines, described one of the most odious characters that nature iş capable of producing
Mr. Fitz-k, whatever his feelings might be from the Fribbleriad, smothered his resentment, till it burst forth in the riot which he raised on account of the playhouse charges.
CHA P. XXXII.
Author of Elvira-Some account of him
His first poetical production--His ace quaintance with Mr. Pope and lord Boling
broke---Tragedy of Euridice—Alfred, in i conjunction with Mr. Thomson—Anecdote
of Thomson-Tragedy of Mustapha Appointed to write the life of the duke of Marlborough with Mr. Glover--Alfred Revived.The publisher of Bolingbroke's works-Behaviour to a printer-Stratagem to get Elvira acted
-Success of it Mallet's religious principles--Aremarkable story~His Death.
EFORE I take the
Bewhich followed Elvira in 1963, the
reader may possibly desire to peruse some account of Mr. Mallet, the author, who had, long before that period, written several dramatic compositions, which were acted at the same theatre of Drury-lane.
This actor was, when very young, janitor of the High School of Edinburgh, His real name was Macgregor, a member of a Scotch clan, which had rendered themfelves so notorious, as well as obnoxious, for acts of violence and robbery, that they were obliged, by an act of parliament, to change the name of Macgregor for another. Our author chose that of Malloch; but after having used it some time, and signed it to a dedication, he thought it founded so unpolitely and was so unharmonious, that he afterwards softened it into Mallet. The first production of his muse, and when he was very young, was a sweet and plaintive ballad called William and Margaret: Captain Thompson, the editor of Andrew Marvell's works, declares that he found this poetical nosegay among many other productions of the same author in a folio MS. of his works, and with several poems published by Mr. Addison in the Spectator.
The English poetry, in Marvell's time, was certainly .ot arrived at that elegance
and harmony so visible in the song of William and Margaret, and the hymus and versions of psalms in the Spectator; which latter bear evident marks of their being Mr. Addison's own composition. Nor can I presume to rob Mr. Mallet of the merit of writing William and Margaret, on so flender a proof as that of its being found in a volume of manuscript poems attributed to Mr. Marvell, a name which deserves to be revered by every sincere lover of his country. Mr. Mallet having distinguished himself as a man of learning and capacity, was appointed private tutor to his grace the duke of Montrose, and his brother, lord George Graham. Soon after, he went abroad with ·Mr. Craggs; and after he returned to England, he wrote his tragedy of Eurydice, which was acted at the theatre in Drurylane in 1731. Aaron Hill wrote the prologue and epilogue, and was enthusiastically warm in his praises of the play, though he found great fault with the acting of it. Eurydice is not written to the heart; the language is not original in many places, but borrowed from other plays; nor are the