1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Moses Browne

Isaac Reed, in Biographia Dramatica; or, A Companion to the Playhouse (1782) 1:50.



MOSES BROWNE. This writer is, I believe, yet living. He is a divine of the church of England, vicar of Olney in Bucks, and chaplain to Morden-College. He is the author of a Poem, called, Sunday Thoughts; and several other pieces, some of which are possessed of considerable merit. In his youth, for he was born in the year 1703, he wrote two pieces, which were both represented together, and have pretty nearly an equal degree of merit. They are entitled,

1. Polidus. T. 8vo. 1723.
2. All bedevilled. F.

The second was acted by way of an Entertainment added to the first. Neither of them however were performed at a Theatre Royal, or even by regular actors, but only by some gentlemen of the author's acquaintance, for their own diversion and the gratification of his vanity, at a place which in the title page is called the private Theatre in St. Alban's Street, but this I imagine to have been nothing more than some school or assembly room fitted up, for the imediate occasion of this play, and other representations of that kind.