1719 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Richard Steele

Giles Jacob, in Poetical Register: or the Lives and Characters of the English Dramatick Poets (1719) 248-49.



This Gentleman was born in Dublin. He left the Kingdom of Ireland young; was educated at the Charter-House; and, at his first Appearance in the World, rid privately in the Guards, when, he wrote a small Piece, call'd, The Christian Hero, &c. Upon Dedicating this Treatise to the Lord CUTTS, (who was a Lover of Wit, and a Man of Wit himself) by that Nobleman's Interest he soon obtain'd a Captain's Commission. The Publick are very much indebted to him for the Entertainment he has given them in the Tatler, Spectator, Guardian, Englishman, Lover, Reader, and other publick Papers; and the noble Stand he lately made in Defense of his Country, and the Protestant Succession in the Most Illustrious House of HANOVER, against a Corrupt Ministry, ought always to be remembered to his Honour. Since his Majesty's Accession, he has had conferr'd on him the Honour of Knighthood, and some Publick Preferments, tho' I can't say equal to his Merit. As to his private Character, he is a Man of the most extensive good Nature, Candour, and Generosity. The Dramatick Pieces he has written are as follow:

I. The Funeral, or Grief Al-a-Mode; a Comedy, acted at the Theatre in Drury-Lane, 1702. Dedicated to the Countess of Albemarle. This Play has a great deal of Humour in it, and was acted with Applause.

II. The Tender Husband, or The Accomplish'd Fools; a Comedy, acted at the Theatre Royal, 1703. Dedicated to Joseph Addison, Esq. The Prologue to this Play is writ by Mr. Addison.

III. The Lying Lovers, or The Ladies Friendship; a Comedy, acted at the Theatre Royal, 1704. Dedicated to the Duke of Ormond. All these Plays met with Success on the Stage, and are printed in one Volume 12mo, with a general Dedication to the Dutchess of Hamilton.