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LIFE OF JOHN GAY.
JoHN GAY, descended from an old family that had been long in possession of the manor of Goldworthy,” in Devonshire, was born in 1688, at or near Barnstaple, where he was educated by Mr. Luck, who taught the school of that town with good reputation, and, a little before he retired from it, published a volume of Latin and English verses. Under such a master he was likely to form a taste for poetry. Being born without prospect of hereditary riches, he was sent to London in his youth, and placed apprentice with a silkIsleI'CéI’. How long he continued behind the counter, or with what degree of softness and dexterity he received and accommodated the ladies, as he probably took no delight in telling it, is not known. The report is, that he was soon weary of either the restraint or servility of his occupation, and easily persuaded his master to discharge him. The Duchess of Monmouth, remarkable for in
* Goldworthy does not appear in the Villare.—Dr. J.