1764 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Abraham Portal

David Erskine Baker, in Companion to the Play-House (1764) Sigs. Bb5v-Bb6.



Mr. Abraham Portal, is a Goldsmith and Jeweler on Ludgate-Hill, London. — He has published one dramatic Piece which was never acted, founded on Tasso, and entitled OLINDA AND SOPHRONIA, Trag. He is likewise Author of some other Poetical Pieces, not contemptible. — Mr. Portal is the Person upon whom an extraordinary and most daring Attempt was made, in February 1763, by a young Man, named John Freake, in Order to obtain from him an hundred Guineas: The Affair made a great Noise in the Papers, and is, doubtless, fresh in the Memory of most Readers, so that we need not repeat it here. Freake, who was tried for this Offence, being a Person of good Family in the Kingdom of Ireland, had so much Favour shewn him, that his Life was saved.