Page images

The Oxford Laureat; in which, after many claims had been made and re.l. jected, Yalden is reprefented as demand. ing the laurel, and as being called te his trial, instead of receiving a reward,

[ocr errors]

His crime was for being a felon in verse,

And presenting his theft to the king;
The first was a trick not uncommon or

V2 scarce,
But the last was an impudent thing :
Yet what he had ftol'n was so little worth

They forgave him the damage and cost;
Had-he ta’en the whole ode, as he took

it piece-mealing, They had fin’d him but ten pence at


[merged small][ocr errors]

The poet whom he was charged with: 7 robbing was Congreve.

He wrote another poem on the death of the duke of Gloucester. ;';' gr

In 1710 he became fellow of the college; and next year, entering into orders, was presented by the fociety with a living in Warwickshire, confif. tent with his fellowship, and chosen lecturer of moral philosophy, a very honourable office.

On the accession of queen Anne he' wrote another poem; and is said, by the author of the Biographia, to have declared himielf of the party who hadi the honourable distinction of Highchurchmena“ i


In 1706 he was received into the family of the duke' of Beaufort. Next year he became doctor in divinity, and foon after resigned his fellowship and lecture'; and, as a 'token' of his gratitude, gave the college a picture of their founder.

He was made rector of Chalton and Cleanville, two adjoining towns and be nefices in Hértfordshire; and had the prebends, or finecures, of Deans, Hains, and Pendles in Devonshire. He had before been chosen, in' 1698, preacher of Bridewell Hospital, upon the resignation of Dr. Atterbury:

From this time he seems to have led a quiet and inoffensive life, till the clamour was raised about Atterbury's plot.

Every loyal eye was on the watch for abettors or partakers of the horrid conspiracy; and Dr. Yalden having some acquaintance with the bishop, and being familiarly conversant with Kelly his secretary, fell under fufpicion, and was taken into custody.

Upon his examination he was charged with a dangerous correspondence with: Kelly. The correspondence he acknowledged; but maintained, that it had no treasonable tendency. His papers were feized; but nothing was found that could fix a crime upon him, except twox words in his pocket-book, thorough, paced doctrine. This expreffion the imagination of his examiners had impregnated with treason, and the doctor was

[ocr errors]


enjoined to explain them. Thus pressed, he told them that the words had lain unheeded in his pocket-book from the time of queen Anne, and that he was afhamed to give an account of them ; but the truth was, that he had gratified his curiosity one day, by hearing Daniel Burgess in the pulpit, and those words was a memorial hint of a remarkable fentence by which he warned his congregation to beware of thorough-paced doctrine, that doetrine, which, coming in at hone" ear, paces through the head, and goes out at the other.

Nothing worse than this appearing in his papers, and 'no evidence arising against him, he was set at liberty,

« PreviousContinue »