1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Francis Manning

Isaac Reed, in Biographia Dramatica; or, A Companion to the Playhouse (1782) 1:198.



FRANCIS MANNING. This author was son of Francis Manning, of London, Gent. and was matriculated at Oxford the 8th of March 1688, being then a commoner of Trinity College under the tuition of Mr. Charles Sykes. He seems to have left the university without taking a degree; and pursuing the line of civil employment, we find him, in 1707, secretary to Mr. Stanyan, envoy to the Swiss Cantons. He afterwards, in Queen Anne's time, was promoted to be minister of the Grisons; and, on the 30th of June 1716, was appointed envoy to the thirteen Cantons, and to the republic of the Grisons. After this period, we can discover no record of him. He translated Dion Cassius, and wrote the following plays, viz.

1. The Generous Choice. C. 4to. 1700.
2. All for the Better; or, The Infallible Cure. C. 4to. 1703.