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taining False Physic, False Logic, False Philosophy, 1772," 4to.
15." Elogy and Address, 1773," 4to.
16. "A Translation of Job into Latin Verse," an unfinished work, of which only 36 pages were printed, in March 1774, a very few days before his death; 4to.
I shall subjoin a well-known Epigram *, by Sir William Browne, which the Critics have pronounced to be a good one:
"The King to Oxford sent a troop of horse, For Tories own no argument but force; With equal skill to Cambridge books he sent, For Whigs admit no force but argument." Sir William Browne's only daughter, Mary, was the second wife of William Folkes, esq. counsellor at law; whose only son, Martin Browne Folkes, esq. of Hillington, co. Norfolk, was made a Baronet May 3, 1774. He married, Dec. 28, 1775, Fanny, daughter and coheiress of Sir John Turner, of Warkton, co. Norfolk, Baronet; and has several children. This gentleman was M. P. in the last parliament, and is in the present, for King's Lynn.
The following facetious "Dialogue between Sir William Browne and George Pooke, two modern Poets, in their respective styles," was printed in the public Newspapers.
ceeding from the same Causes; what those Causes were; and a rational and actual Method of Cure proposed. Addressed to all Invalids. By William Cadogan, Fellow of the College of Physicians, 1771," 8vo. This work produced innumerable Remarks and Answers, amongst which one of the most facetious was in the doggrel rhymes of our doughty Knight.
*The following by an Oxonian, which gave rise to that by Sir William, is at least as good:
"The King, observing with judicious eyes,
To Oxford sent a troop of horse; and why?
To Cambridge books, as very well discerning
† If any Reader, after perusing this Dialogue, should be disposed to enquire further respecting George Pooke, and has no objection to a hearty laugh; let him turn to Monthly Review, vol. XVII. p. 281; vol. XXVII. p. 158; vol. XXXVII. p. 315.
George Pooke, I much commend your zeal;
And singing of her Glory;
Sir Knight, I'm glad you praise my loyal Verse;
In a bold Ode the wicked ways
Of Surgeons to get Bodies now-a-days?
How they do dig from under-ground,
And as you are one of the Faculty,
For I would not, both for France and Spain,
Would I be a dissecting Feast for the King's Surgeon.
Well said, Old Steady; thou shalt sleep
Then I will sing of Royal Charlotte's Yacht,
Thy namesake, George, in blest abodes,
THIS learned and worthy Schoolmaster was educated at the Free Grammar School in Market Bosworth, under the famous Anthony Blackwall. He was entered of Christ's College, Cambridge; and took the degree of B. A. 1720, M. A. 1726; and was soon after appointed Master of Rudgely School in Staffordshire; and (on the death of Dr. Hillman) was appointed head master of the Free Grammar School* at Brewood; and obtained also the vicarage of Brewood, on the presentation of the Dean of Lichfield. He was also presented to the donative chapel of Shareshull, not far from Brewood, by Sir Edward Littleton, who entrusted to him the education of his nephew and presumptive heir, the present very venerable and highly-respected Baronet,
* Brewood School is free for all the children of that town; and is endowed with 60l. a year.—The School-house having been much neglected, Mr. Budworth continued to reside at Rudgely two years, whilst the house at Brewood was repairing.
+ Son of Fisher Littleton, esq. He succeeded to the title of his uncle in January 1741-2; after which he was removed to Eton School; but he had so discriminating an opinion of the learning of his old master, that he returned to him again; and had afterwards the good fortune to be placed under the more immediate tuition of Mr. Hurd; who, in a most elegant Dedication to his Commentary on the Epistle to the Pisos, thus addresses his Pupil:
"Having reviewed these Sheets with some care, I beg leave to put them into your hands, as a testimony of the respect I bear you; and, for the time that such things may have the fortune to live, as a monument of our friendship.-You see, by the turn of this address, you have nothing to fear from that offensive adulation, which has so much dishonoured Letters. You and I have lived together on other terms. And I should be ashamed to offer you even such a trifle as this, in a manner that would give you a right to think meanly of its author.-Your extreme delicacy allows me to say nothing of my obligations, which otherwise would demand my warmest acknowledgements. For your constant favour has
In 1736, he would have engaged the celebrated Mr. Johnson as an assistant in this school, had he not
followed me in all ways, in which you could contrive to express it.
Your most faithful and most obedient servant,
Sir Edward Littleton raised a Company, in the Rebellion of 1745-6, in the Regiment commanded by Lord Gower, in which he was a Captain. He is now (1810) one of the Representatives in Parliament for the County of Stafford.
been apprehensive that the paralytic affection under which the great Philologist laboured through life. might have been the object of imitation, or of ridicule, among his pupils. The talents of Mr. Johnson could not be unknown to Mr. Budworth; who probably was acquainted with him at Market Bosworth, where Johnson was a short time usher to Mr. Crompton, the successor of Mr. Blackwall *.
The substance of the preceding paragraph was written in 1785; and led to the following communication, after an interval of seven years, from a worthy and intelligent Friend, whose absence from England in the service of his Country had ed him from earlier noticing the former article. "If the following," he says, "proves acceptable, it comes from one interested in any account that can be given of so amiable a character. He finished his education at Cambridge, and was the son of the Rev. Luke Budworth, of Emanuel College, Cambridge, B. A. 1691; Vicar of Longford in Derbyshire; who, in 1721, was presented by Thomas
* Mr. Blackwall died in 1730; and was succeeded by Mr. Crompton.-Johnson's ushership there commenced in 1733, when he was in his twenty-third year, (Julii 16, Boswortiam pedes petii.)-To Johnson this employment was very irksome in every respect, and he complained grievously of it in his letters to his friend Mr. Hector, who was now settled as a surgeon at Birmingham. The letters are lost; but Mr. Hector recollects his writing "that the poet had described the dull sameness of his existence in these words, Vitam continet una dies,' (one day contains the whole of my life); that it was unvaried as the note of the cuckoo; and that he did not know whether it was more disagreeable for him to teach, or the boys to learn, the grammar rules." His general aversion to this painful drudgery was greatly enhanced by a disagreement between him and Sir Wolstan Dixie, the patron of the school, in whose house, I have been told, he officiated as a kind of domestic chaplain-so far, at least, as to say grace at table, but was treated with what he represented as intolerable harshness; and, after suffering for a few months such complicated misery, he relinquished a situation, which all his life afterwards he recollected with the strongest aversion, and even a degree of horror. But it is probable that at this period, whatever uneasiness he may have endured, he laid the foundation of much future eminence by application to his studies. Boswell's Life of Johnson. + Gent. Mag. vol LV. p.5. Ibid. vol. LXII.p.292.