1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Gen. Richard Fitzpatrick

Anonymous, in Catalogue of five hundred Celebrated Authors (1788).



Richard Fitzpatrick, brother to the earl of Upper Ossory in the kingdom of Ireland, a colonel in the army, aid de camp to the king, and a privy counsellor. He was chief secretary in 1782 to the duke of Portland in his capacity as lord lieutenant of Ireland, and was secretary at war for Great Britain, during the period in which that nobleman was first lord of the treasury. He is the author of some Prologues and Epilogues, and is supposed to have contributed to the celebrated publications of the Rolliad and the Probationary Odes. These performances were the effort of the party of Mr. Fox in gay and humorous satire, with a considerable dash of personality. They have been very successful in amusing the nation, but they do not appear likely to precipitate the downfall of the minister.