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tten in the hurry of delight, and that Pitt's beauties are
glected in the languor of a cold and listless perusal ; that
tt pleases the criticks, and Dryden the people; that Pitt
quoted, and Dryden read.
He did not long enjoy the reputation which this great
ork deservedly conferred; for he left the world in 1748,
id lies buried under a stone at Blandford, on which is
is inscription :

In memory of
Chr. Pitt, clerk, M.A.

Very eminent
for his talents in poetry;

and yet more
for the universal candour of
his mind, and the primitive
simplicity of his manners.

He lived innocent;
and died beloved,
Apr. 13, 1748,

aged 48.

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un tie *1001. He was senyvet i Estinergi. Den 蛇碑班到相配。

al 11s mi a te ei her m er, who ra ujan ser icie su. Tu nudey 1 nortgage caldate wart, remin ag na her zamiru Edinburgh, tired 10 3 her un rang us eminence.

The design of Thomson's friends was to breed bum mortaatus. He lived at Edinbargt, as at school, will diatinction of expectation, till, at the usual time, he per formed a probationary exercise by explaining a psalm. diction was so poetically splendid, that Mr. Hamilton,

According to the Biographical Dictionary the name of Thomson's movie Wan Identi Trotter. Uume was the name of his grandmother. Ed.


fessor of divinity, reproved him for speaking language ntelligible to a popular audience; and he censured one his expressions as indecent, if not profane This rebuke is reported to have repressed his thoughts an ecclesiastical character, and he probably cultivated, th new diligence, his blossoms of poetry, which, hower, were in some danger of a blast; for, submitting his 'oductions to some who thought themselves qualified to iticise, he heard of nothing but faults ; but, finding other dges more favourable, he did not suffer himself to sink ito despondence.

He easily discovered, that the only stage on which a oet could appear, with any hope of advantage, was Lonon; a place too wide for the operation of petty competiion and private malignity, where merit might soon beome conspicuous, and would find friends as soon as it vecame reputable to befriend it. A lady, who was acquainted with his mother, advised him to the journey, and promised some countenance, or assistance, which, at last, he never received; however, he justified his adventure by her encouragement, and came to seek, in London, patronage and fame.

At his arrival he found his way to Mr. Mallet, then tutor to the sons of the duke of Montrose. He had recommendations to several persons of consequence, which he had tied up carefully in his handkerchief; but as he passed along the street, with the gaping curiosity of a newcomer, his attention was upon every thing rather than his pocket, and his magazine of credentials was stolen from him.

His first want was a pair of shoes. For the supply of all his necessities, his whole fund was his Winter, which for a time could find no purchaser; till, at last, Mr. Millan was persuaded to buy it at a low price; and this low price is ini. ce se ime,

* See the Life of Beattie, by sir William Forbes, for some additional anecdotes. ED.

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encat e me ras iegrated

pessice o sevile adulatit

Spesce Comptoe, '

Ei katei as sen by some serses addressed: Tusi, mi misted in cee of the verspapers, Fia casi me pas ir die reglect of ingesions et Tuse de serred a present of twenty guinea, a 2123 je res is account » W. Ha:

- I m i Tom ase that ce Saturday mors I was FSI se Spencer Coaşte certain gentleman FDE IT i ste, spise in concerning me: bis * sve vs. I sat sere come sex him. Then the get semmu e testise, i he desired that I should s enim: se recued be ad Oe this, the gentlema gte me an insury letter to him. He received a v er commodo cara asal manner; asked sume cummcepiace frescions: and made me a present tuency runeas. I am very ready to own that the preset Vis arger than ns pertocmance deserved; and se srde it to his generasitt, or any other cause, ratke tan die ment of the address."

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cons, expresset a harmonious numbers, and with epigrammas wa se zmie wr, ail e rices of a gas pokshed style, and the gre finishei composicon. vii kad jong surped the place of me besuces of the imagination and sentiment, bean first to be lessen ime estimat

of the appearance of Thomson's Seasons, a work which cons buted a new era in our poetry."

Censura Literana, is. 280.


ure at first to like, by degrees gained upon the publick; ind one edition was very speedily succeeded by another.

Thomson's credit was now high, and every day brought sim new friends; among others Dr. Rundle, a man afterwards unfortunately famous, sought his acquaintance, and found his qualities such, that he recommended him to the lord chancellor Talbot.

Winter was accompanied, in many editions, not only with a preface and a dedication, but with poetical praises by Mr. Hill, Mr. Mallet, (then Malloch,) and Mira, the fictitious name of a lady once too well known. Why the dedications are, to Winter and the other seasons, contrarily to custom, left out in the collected works, the reader may inquire.

The next year, 1727, he distinguished himself by three publications; of Summer, in pursuance of his plan; of a Poem on the Death of sir Isaac Newton, which he was enabled to perform as an exact philosopher by the instruction of Mr. Gray; and of Britannia, a kind of poetical invective against the ministry, whom the nation then thought not forward enough in resenting the depredations of the Spaniards. By this piece he declared himself an adherent to the opposition, and had, therefore, no favour to expect from the court. '

Thomson, having been some time entertained in the family of the lord Binning, was desirous of testifying his gratitude by making him the patron of his Summer; but the same kindness which had first disposed lord Binning to encourage him, determined him to refuse the dedication, which was, by his advice, addressed to Mr. Dodington, a man who had more power to advance the reputation and fortune of a poet.

Spring was published next year, with a dedication to the countess of Hertford ; whose practice it was to invite every summer some poet into the country, to hear her verses, and assist her studies. This honour was one summer conferred on Thomson, who took more delight in carousing with lord Hertford and his friends than assisting her lady

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