1764 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Colman

David Erskine Baker, in Companion to the Play-House (1764) 2:Sig. G5-G5v.



This Gentleman is a living Writer, and but of an Age advancing towards that in which Perfection is to be expected. — He is Nephew to the late Countess of Bath, and has been warmly patronised by her noble Lord. — His Genius leads him to Works of Humour, a considerable Fund of which appears in some of the Essays which he has written in the Course of a periodical Paper, called the Connoisseur. — He seems at present however to pay his Court solely to the Comic Muse, by whose Inspiration he has already produced three dramatic Pieces, viz. 1. Jealous Wife. C. 2. Musical Lady. Farce. 3. Polly Honeycomb. Farce. These Pieces, tho' not absolutely perfect, have nevertheless considerable Merit. — In his Petite Pieces, the Plots are simple, and no great Matter of Incident introduced into them. — Yet they contain strong Character, and are aimed at the ridiculing of fashionable and prevailing Follies, which ought to be made essential Points of Consideration in every Production of the Sock. — His more regular Comedy has the same Merit with the others as to the Preservation of Character; and it's Plot, tho' professedly borrowed, receives Advantages from the Conduct of it, which reflect Honour on the Author; and afford us the pleasing Prospect, amidst the present Dearth of comic Writers, of an ample Contribution from this Quarter to the Variety of our dramatic Entertainments of this more difficult Kind. — This Gentleman has been also supposed to be the Author of some Essays, under the Title of the Genius, lately published in the St. James's Evening Post.