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us saurite in Flanders. Tel 11.deur die 3e same papers were transferred She same ie . sir Richard Steele, who, in some in etconces. Ut nem a par.. They then remained to le Jui l'u'ress. pho, en ber vill, assigned the ti (s oc- and Valet, with a reward of a thousand postal ani a prsabir.on to insert ans verses. Glover rejeci HIDDOSE, #th fisdain, the leraer, and devolved the Fi work 1000 Milet: who had from the late dake of boesnti a pensiun to promote his industry, and who this of the c..e series which he had made ; but left pot, he died, aas historical labours behind him.
While he was in the prince's service he publis.Mastapaa, with a prologue by Thomson, not meas -far inferioar to that which he had received from Maith. Agamemnon. The epilogue, said to be written by a lica was composed in haste by Mallet, in the place of one pe mised, which was never given. This tragedy was des cated to the prince his master. It was acted at Di lane, in 1739, and was well received, but was den vived.
In 1740, he produced, as has been already met the Mask of Alfred, in conjunction with Thomson.
For some time afterwards he lay at rest. Alter interval, his next work was Amyntor and Theodora, a long story in blank verse ; in which it cannot be that there is copiousness and elegance of language, of sentiment, and imagery well adapted to take pos of the fancy. But it is blank verse. This he sold to lant for one hundred and. twenty pounds. The fir was not great, and it is now lost in forgetfulness.
Mallet, by address or accident, perhaps by his de ance on the prince, found his way to Bolingbroke ; whose pride and petulance made his kindness diffic gain, or keep, and whom Mallet was content to com
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t, which, I hope, was unwillingly performed. When is found that Pope had clandestinely printed an unorised number of the pamphlet called the Patriot 5, Bolingbroke, in a fit of useless fury, resolved to blast memory, and employed Mallet, 1749, as the execuer of his vengeance. Mallet had not virtue, or had not it, to refuse the office; and was rewarded, not long r, with the legacy of lord Bolingbroke's works. Iany of the political pieces had been written during
opposition to Walpole, and given to Franklin, as he posed, in perpetuity. These, among the rest, were imed by the will. The question was referred to arbitors ; but when they decided against Mallet, he refused yield to the award ; and, by the help of Millar the bookller, published all that he could find, but with success ry much below his expectation.
In 1755, his Mask of Britannia was acted at Druryne; and his tragedy of Elvira in 1763; in which year e was appointed keeper of the book of entries for ships a the port of London.
In the beginning of the last war, when the nation was xasperated by ill success, he was employed to turn the publick vengeance upon Byng, and wrote a letter of accusation under the character of a Plain Man. The paper was, with great industry, circulated and dispersed; and he, for his seasonable intervention, had a considerable pension bestowed upon him, which he retained to his death.
Towards the end of his life he went with his wife to France ; but after awhile, finding bis health declining, he returned alone to England, and died in April, 1765.
He was twice married, and by his first wife had several children. One daughter, who married an Italian of rank, named Cilesia, wrote a tragedy called Almida, which was acted at Drury-lane. His second wife was the daughter of a nobleman's steward, who had a considerable fortune, which she took care to retain in her own hands. His stature was diminutive, but he was regularly formed;
A KENSID E.
K AKBNSIDE was born on the 9th of November,
at Newcastle-upon-Tyne. His father, Mark, was a ier, of the presbyterian sect; his mother's name was | Lumsden. He received the first part of his edun at the grammar-school of Newcastle ; and was, wards instructed by Mr. Wilson, who kept a private lemy.
t the age of eighteen he was sent to Edinburgh, that might qualify himself for the office of a dissenting mier, and received some assistance from the fund which
dissenters employ in educating young men of scanty tune. But a wider view of the world opened other nes, and prompted other hopes; he determined to study ysick, and repaid that contribution, which, being reived for a different purpose, he justly thought it disnourable to retain. Whether, when he resolved not to be a dissenting miister, he ceased to be a dissenter, I know not. He ertainly retained an unnecessary and outrageous zeal for hat he called, and thought, liberty; a zeal which someimes disguises from the world, and not rarely from the nind which it possesses, an envious desire of plundering wealth or degrading greatness ; and of which the immediate tendency is innovation and anarchy, an impetuous eagerness to subvert and confound, with very little care what shall be established.
Akenside was one of those poets who have felt very early the motions of genius, and one of those students who have very early stored their memories with sentiments and images. Many of his performances were produced in his youth; and his greatest work, the Pleaşures of Imagination, appeared in 1744. I have heard Dodsley, by whom it was published, relate, that when the copy was offered