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oden hanc meam admirandâ planè varietate constare fatearis. Subito ad Batavos proficifcor, lauro ab illis donandus. Prius vero Pembrochienfes voco ad certamen Poeticum. Vale. .

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Illustrissima tua deofculor crura.

E. SMITH.

DUKE.

DU K E.

OF Mr. RICHARD 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 enlisted himself among the wits. He was the familiar friend of Otway ; and was engaged, among other popular names, in the translations of Ovid and Juvenal. În his Review, though unfinished, are some vigorous lines. His poems are not below mediocrity ; nor have I found much in them to be praised f.

* He was admitted there in 1670; was elected to Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1675; and took his master's degree in 1682. N.

+ 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 most, if not all, of the poems in that collection. H,

With the wit he seems to have shared the diffoluteness of the times; for fome 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 been bad in the first part of his life, was surely condemned and reformed by his better judgeinent.

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 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.

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W ILLIAM KING was born in London in 1663; the Son of Ezekiel King, a gentleman. He was allied to the family of Clarendon. : From Westminster-school, where he was a scholar on the foundation under the care of Dr. Busby, he was at eighteen elected to Chrift-church, in 1681; "where he is said to have prosecuted his studies with

so much intenseness and activity, that before he 'was eight years standing he had read over, and made remarks upon, twenty-two thousand odd hundred books and manuscripts. The books were certainly not very long, the manuscripts not very difficult, nor the remarks very large ; for the calculator will find that he dispatched seven a day for every day of his eight years; with a remnant that more than fatisfies most other students. He took his degree in the most expensive manner, as a grand compounder ; whence it is inferred that he inherited a considerable fortune,

In 1688, the same year in which he was made mal. ter of arts, he published a confutation of Varillas's account of Wickliffe ; and, engaging in the study of the Civil Law, became doctor in 1692, and was admitted advocate at Doctors Commons. .

He had already made fome translations from the French, and written fome humourous and satirical pieces ; when, in 1694, Molesworth published his Account of Denmark, in which he treats the Danes and their monarch with great contempt; and takes the opportunity of insinuating those wild principles, by which he supposes liberty to be established, and by which his adversaries suspect that all subordination and government is endangered.

This book offended Prince George ; and the Danish minister presented a memorial against it. The principles of its author did not please Dr. King : and therefore he undertook to confute part, and laugh at the rest. The controversy is now forgotten: and books of this kind feldom live long, when interest and refentment have ceafed.

* In 1697, he mingled in the controversy between Bople and Bentley; and was one of those who tried what Wit could perform in opposition to Learning, on a question which Learning only could decide. :

In 1699, was published by him A Journey to Lon. · don, after the method of Dr. Martin Lifter, who

had published A Journey to Paris. And, in 1700, he satirised the Royal Society, at least Sir Hans Sloane their president, in two dialogues, intituled The Tranfactioner:

Though he was a regular advocate in the courts of civil and canon law, he did not love his pro

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