1744 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lewis Theobald

Mr. Stede of Covent Garden Theatre, 1744; Nichols, Illustrations of the Literary History of the XVIII Century (1817-58) 2:745n.



September 18, 1744, about 10 A.M. died Mr. Lewis Theobald, well known in the polite part of the town for his Edition of Shakespeare, and several other poetical pieces, as Poems, Translations, Tragedies, &c. He had laboured under a jaundice for some months, which, after several changes of amendment and relapses, terminated in a dropsy; which, about two days after his being tapped, carried him off. His death was very remarkable, not only in that he went off quietly without agonies, but also that he was so composed as not to alter the disposition of his body, being in an easy indolent posture, one foot out of bed, and his head gently supported by one hand. He was a man well versed in the learned languages, and tolerably well acquainted with the modern. How great a Philologist he was, his notes upon, and emendation of, Shakespeare will inform Posterity. He was of a generous spirit, too generous for his circumstances; and none knew how to do a handsome thing, or confer a benefit, when in his power, with a better grace than himself. He was my ancient friend of near 30 years acquaintance. Interred at Pancras the 20th, 6 o'clock P.M. I only attended him.