1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Jackson Pratt

Isaac Reed, in Biographia Dramatica; or, A Companion to the Playhouse (1782) 1:361.



ROBERT PRATT. This is a living author, better known under his assumed names of COURTNEY MELMOTH. We are informed he is a native of St. Ives, in Huntingdonshire, and was brought up to the church, in which we believe he had some preferment. He afterwards threw off his gown, changed his name, and made his appearance on the stage at Covent-Garden theatre in 1774, but with little or no success. The parts he appeared in were Philaster and Hamlet. Since his failure in this attempt, he hath subsisted chiefly by writing, though we think he sometimes employed himself in delivering lectures at Bath, and other places, on the English language. He is at present a bookseller at Bath. One dramatic performance hath been brought on the stage, entitled,

Joseph Andrews. F. Acted at Drury-Lane, for Mr. Bensley's benefit, the 20th of April, 1778. Not printed.