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With all his carelessness, and all his vices, he was one of the murmurers at Fortune ; and wondered why he was suffered to be poor, when Addison was caressed and preferred : nor would a very little have contented him; for he estimated his wants at fix hundred pounds a year.
In his course of reading, it was particular that he had diligently peruled, and accurately remembered, the old romances of knighterrantry.
He had a high opinion of his own merit, and was something contemptuous in his treatment of those whom he considered as not qualified to oppose or contradict him. He had many frailties; yet it cannot but be süpposed that he had great merit, who could obtain to the same play a prologue from Addison, and an epilogue from Prior; and who could have at once the patronage of Halifax, and the praise of Oldilworth.
For the power of communicating these minute memorials, I am indebted to my con6
versation with Gilbert Walmsley, late registrar of the ecclesiastical court of Litchfield, who was acquainted both with Smith and Ducket; and declared, that, if the tale con cerving Clarendon were forged, he should fufpect 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 yet a boy; yet he never received
motions 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
He had mingled with the gay sworld without exemption from its vices or its follies, but had never neglected the cultivation of his mind; his bélief 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 bis copiousness of communication, that it doubted whether a day now passes in which I have not some advantage from his friends ship:
At this man's table I enjoyed many chearful and instructive hours, with companions such as are not often found; with one who has lengthened, and one who has gladdened. life; with Di. James, whose ikill.in phyfick will be long remembered; and with David Garrick, whom I hoped to have gratified with this character 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 impove. rished the publick stock of harmless pleasure.
In the Library at Oxford is the following Judicrous Analysis of Pocockius :
(Sent by the Author to Mr. Urry.] OPUSCULUM hoc, Halberdarie amplif. sime, in lucem proferre hactenus diftuli, judicii tui acumen subveritus magis quam bipennis. Tandem aliquando Ojen hanc ad te mitto sublimem, teneram, flebilem, suavem, qualem demum divinus (fi Musis vacaret) fcripfiffit Gistrellus : adco fcilicet sub. limem ut inter legendum dormire, adeo filebilem ut ridere velis. Cujus elegantiam ut melius infpicias, versuum ordinem & materiam breviter referam. mus verfus de duobus præliis decantatis. 2 dus & 3 us de Lotharingio, cuniculis subterraneis, faxis, ponto, hostibus, & Asia, 4tus & , tus de catenis, subdibus, uncis, draconibus, tigribus & crocodilis. 8us, qus, de Gomorrha, de Babylone, Babele, & quodum domi suæ peregrino. 1019, aliquid de quodam Pocockio, 11us, 12", de Syriâ, Solymâ. 134, 14', de Hoseâ, &
quercin, & de juvene quodam valde fene.
de Ætna, & quomodo Ætnâ Pocockio fit valde fimilis. 17", 18us, de tubâ, astro, umbrâ, flammis, rotis, Pocockio non neglecto, Cætera de Christianis, Ottomanis, Babyloniis, Arabibus, & gravissimâ agrorum melancholiâ ; de Cæsare Flacco*, Neftore, & miserando juvenis cujufdam florentiffimi fato, anno ætatis fuæ centesimo præmaturè abrepto. Quæ omnia cum accuratè expenderis, neceffe est ut oden hanc meam admirandâ planen varietati conftare fatearis. Subito ad Batavos proficiscor, lauro ab illis donandus.
Prius vero Pembrochienfes voco ad certamen Poeticum. Vale.
Illuftriffiina tua deosculor crura.
* Pro Flacco, animo paulo attentiore, fcripfiffem Marone,