1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Ralph

W. J. Courthope, Note in Works of Alexander Pope (1871-89) 4:344.



A. Philips, in his letter from Copenhagen:

The starving wolves along the main sea howl,
And to the moon in icy vallies howl. — WAKEFIELD.

Ralph was a friend of Benjamin Franklin, and came with him from America, where he left his wife and children. He is said to have married again in England. As a party writer he was very successful, and managed to obtain a pension of 600 a year. The editor of Lord Melcombe's Diary says that he put himself up to auction to the two contending factions of the Duke of Bedford and the Pelhams, and was bought by the latter. He died at Chiswick, January 24, 1762, of a fit of the gout.