1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Abraham Portal

John Nichols, in Literary Anecdotes of the XVIII Century (1812-15) 2:725.



Mr. Abraham Portal was the son of the Rev. William Portal, rector of South Fambridge, Essex, 1734, vicar of St. Helen, Abingdon, 1757; who died Sept 13, 1768. Mr. Abraham Portal, it is believed, was the author of A Letter to David Garrick, esq. occasioned by the intended representation of The Minor at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, 1760, 8vo; a pamphlet of 48 pages, to which the initials A. P. are affixed. He married Miss Bedwell of Abingdon, June 19, 1758; and was somtime a silversmith on Ludgate-hill, in partnership with Mr. H. Gearing, where they failed in 1770.