1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Cavendish

Edmond Malone, Note in Critical and Miscellaneous Prose Works of John Dryden (1800) 1:2:335-36n.



A very high-finished character of this nobleman, who was born in 1594, and died December 25, 1676, may be found in Clarendon's History of the Rebellion, vol. ii. p. 507. He was author of a celebrated book on Horsemanship, and of four plays; and was successively the patron of Ben Jonson, D'Avenant, Dryden, Flecknoe, and Shadwell, all of whom, except D'Avenant, have testified their gratitude by ample encomiums. "He was," says Shadwell, "the greatest master of wit, the most exact observer of mankind, and the most accurate judge of humour I ever knew."