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“ Michaelmas and Christmas, of which “ I will give you an account when I come
to town. I remember the counsel you “ give me in your letter ; but dissembling,
though lawful in some cases, is not my «:talent; yet, for your fake, I will strug
gle with the plain openness of my nature, and keep in my just resentment's
against that degenerate order. In the “ mean time, I fatter not myself with any “ manner of hopes, but do my duty, and “ suffer for God's sake; being assured, be“ fore-hand, never to be rewarded, though " the times should alter. Towards the “ latter end of this month, September, “ Charles will begin to recover his perfect • health, according to his nativity, which, “ casting it myself, I am sure is true, and “ all things hitherto have happened ac“cordingly to the very time that I pre“ dicted them: I hope at the same time to recover more health according to my age.
Remember me to poor Harry, “ whose prayers I earnestly desire. My 66 Virgil succeeds in the world beyond its “ desert or my expectation. You know “ the profits might have been more; but “ neither my conscience nor my honour “ would suffer me to take them : but I “ never can repent of my constancy, since “ I am thoroughly persuaded of the jus66 tice of the cause for which I suffer. “ It has pleased God to raise up many “ friends to me amongst my enemies, though they who ought to have been
my friends are negligent of me. “ called to dinner, and cannot go on with " this letter, which I desire you to excuse;
“ Your most affectionate father,
“ JOHN DRYDEN.”
S M Ι Τ Η.
lucky writers who have, without much labour, attained high reputation, and who are mentioned with reverence rather for the possession than the exertion of Uncommon abilities,
Of his life little is known; and that littlė claims no praise but what can be given to intellectual excellence, seldom employed to any virtuous purpose. His character, as given by Mr. Oldisworth, with all the partiality of friendship, which is said by Dr. Burton to shew “what fine things one “ man of parts can say to another," and which, however, comprises great part of what can be known of Mr. Smith, it is better to transcribe at once than to take by pieces. I shall subjoin such little memorials as accident has enabled me to collect.
Mr. EDMUND SMITH was the only son of an eminent merchant, one Mr. Neale, by a daughter of the famous' baron Lechmere. Some misfortunes of his father, which were foon followed by his death, were the occasion of the son's being left very young in the hands of a near relation (one who married Mr. Neale's sister), whose name was Smith.
This gentleman and his lady treated him as their own child, and put him to Westminster-school under the care of Dr. Busby; whence, after the loss of his faithful and generous guardian (whose name he afsumed and retained), he was removed to Christ-church in Oxford, and there by his aunt handsomely maintained till her death; after which he continued a member of that learned and ingenious fociety till within five years of his own; though, fome time before his leaving Christ-church, he was fent for by his mother to Worcester, and owned and acknowledged as her legitimate fon; which had not been mentioned, but to wipe off the aspersions that were ignorantly cast by fome on his birth. It is to be remembered for our author's honour, P 2
that, when at Westminster election he stood a candidate for one of the universi. ties, he so signally distinguished himself by his conspicuous performances, that there arose no small contention between the representative electors of Trinity-college in Cambridge and Christ-church in Oxon, which of those two royal focieties should adopt him as their own. But the electors of Trinity-college having the preference of choice that year, they resolutely elected him; who yet, being invited at the same time to Christ-church, chose to accept of a studentship there. Mr. Smith's perfections, as well natural as acquired, seem to have been formed upon Horace's plan; who says, in his Art of Poetry,
-Ego nec ftudium fine divite venâ, “ Nec rude quid prosit video ingenium: alte
rius fic “ Altera possit opem res, & conjurat amice."
He was endowed by Nature with all those excellent and necessary qualifications which are previous to the accomplishment of a great man. His memory was large and tenacious, yet by a curious felicity chiefly susceptible of the finest impressions