1786 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Colman

Ambo-Dexter, "On reading a Paragraph in the Public Advertiser of Jan. 30, 1786" St. James's Chronicle (4 February 1786).



Sir,

Reading with great Pleasure in Yesterday's Publick Advertiser that Mr. Colman had entirely overcome the Paralytick Attack on his Left Side at Margate, I was both surprised and hurt at seeing him, as I past through Milsom-Street, carried into his Post-Chaise by two Servants. On Enquiry, however, I heard that he was really in a fair Way towards a perfect Re-Establishment; which encouraged me to write the following Epigram, and which I trust I may offer you for Publication without Offence to him or to his Friends, as nobody is more truly his Well-Wisher than,

Sir, your humble Servant

And constant Reader,

A. B.

Bath, Jan. 31, 1786.

EPIGRAM.
Poor Coley quite well again? Would it were true!
But Fact's a most obstinate Critic,
And his Left Side, still doom'd Dr. Margate to rue,
Bears the Print of a Stroke Paralytic.
But Bath, and sage Harrington, soon shall prevail,
And to London he'll go sound and tight;
Where his Patient restor'd honest Hervey shall hail,
With his Left, like his other side, Right.

[Public Advertiser, 30 January 1786: Letters received on Friday from Bath mention, that George Colman, Esq. had from the use of the waters entirely recovered from that part of his complaint which had been pronounced paralytic; and was only afflicted with a slight gouty swelling in his knee.]