1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Bond

Isaac Reed, in Biographia Dramatica (1782; 1812) 1:43.



A gentleman, we believe, of the county of Suffolk. He appears to have been a person of very little genius; though it is probable that his whole subsistence was, at least in the latter part of his life, derived from his writings. Among other performances he translated Buchanan's History; and was jointly concerned with Aaron Hill in writing The Plain Dealer, a series of papers, afterwards collected in two volumes, 8vo. From that munificent friend, he was complimented with his tragedy of Zara, which, after being offered to the managers of both theatres, and delayed for two years, was obliged to be acted at the Great Room in York Buildings. The profits of the performance were intended for Mr. Bond, who himself represented Lusignan; but he played only one night; for, being in a weak condition, he fainted on the stage, was carried home in his chair, and died the next morning. This happened in 1735, the year before Zara was originally perfomed at Drury Lane. Mr. Bond produced a play written by a gentleman deceased, but revised and altered by himself, called The Tuscan Tragedy; or Tarquin's Overthrow. T. 8vo. 1733.