1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Merry

Anonymous, in Biographia Dramatica (1812) 1:508.



Mr. Merry had always been a bon vivant; he had also a turn for play; and this, with other fashionable propensities, kept him for several years in an embarrassed state. Upon his marriage with Miss Brunton, who performed in his tragedy of Lorenzo, a prospect opened to him of living at his ease, by the joint production of that lady's talents and his own pen; but unfortunately the pride of those relations upon whom he had most dependence was wounded by the alliance; and he was constrained, much against Mrs. Merry's inclination, to take her from the stage. This he did as soon as her engagement at the theatre expired, which was in the spring of 1792.