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FOR JANUARY, 1786.
For the EUROPEAN MAGAZINE. ACCOUNT of the late RICHARD GLOVER, Esq. RAIS excellent writer was the son of quires fewer allowances for faults than pro
Richard Glover, a Hamburgh merchant, ductions of such an age are always allowed. in London, and was born in St. Martin's Indeed, from this specimen, we may apply (21.0, Cunnon street, in the year 1712. He to Mr. ( lover what Mr. Walpole said receized the whole of his - education under of his friend Gray, that he never was the Rer. Mr. Damiel Sanxay, at Cheam- boy. wool, a place which fie afterwards de. Though possessed of talents which were lated to vifit; and sometimes attended' at calculated to excel in the literary world, he the norversary, held of late years in London, was content to devote his attention to comwtiere he seemed happy in relating his juvenile merce, and at a proper period commenced alvernures. At this seminary he early di- a' Hamburgh merchant t; but though he tinguished himself, particularly in the poeti- acknowledged trade to be entitled to the cal loe; and amongst other pieces, wrote a principal, yet he did not admit it to be the poem to the memory of Sir Isaac Newton, fole object of his attention. He ftill cultiprefixed to the view of that incomparable vated literature, and associated with those zabor's philosophy, published in 4to. in 1728, who were eminent in science. One of his by his intimate friend Dr. Pemberton * earliest friends was Marthew Green, the inConsidering this as the work of a school-hoy, genious but obscure author of some admirable it will excite no small degree of surprize, as poems, which, in 1937, after his death, were it pofseffes more claims to applause, and re collected and published by Mr. Glover. This
* In the preface to this work, Dr. Pemberton speaks of the poem in these terms: “I & fere presented my readers with a copy of verses on Sir Isaac Newton, which I have just " received from a young gentleman, whom I am proud to reckon among the number of
my dearest friends. If I had any apprehension that this piece of poetry stood in need of 20 apology, I should be desirous the reader might know that the author is but sixteen years old, and was obliged to finish the composition in a very short space of time ; but I shall
miy take the liberty to observe, that the boldness of the digressions will be bent judged of " by those who are acquainted with Pindar.” + This appears from the following lines, with which he begins his poem called “ London :"
“ Ye northern blasts, and Eurus, wont to sweep
With rudest pinions o'er the surrow'd waves,
The loftieft strain.”
original writer in the Spleen * complimented ed with great violence, and more especiali, our author in the following manner : in the metropolis. In the year 1739, Sin
George Champion, who was next in rota. But there's a youth that you can name,
tion for the chief magiftracy, had offended a Who needs no leading.strings to fame,
majority of his conftituents, by voting with Whose quick maturity of brain
the Court party in the business of the SpaThe birth of Pallas may explain ;
nish Convention. This determined them to Dreaming of whofe depending fate,
set him aside, and chuse the next to him in I heard Melpomene debate,
seniority; accordingly Sir Jolin Salter was This, this is he, that was foretold
chosen on Michaelmas-day, and ori this occaShould emulate our Greeks of old,
son Mr. Glover took a very active part Inspir'd by me with facred art,
On the succeeding year the same resolution He fings, and rules the varied heart.
of the majority continuing, Mr. Glover preIf Jove's dread auger he rehearse,
fided at Vintners-Hall, Sept. 25, at a meeting We hear the thunder in his verse;
of the Livery, to confider of two proper If he describe love turn'd to rage,
perfons to be recommended to the Court of The Furies riot on his page;
Aldermen, when it was resolved to support If he fair liberty and law
the nomination of Sir Robert Godschall and By ruffian power expiring draw,
George Heathcote, Esq. who being returned The keener pathions then engage
to the Court of Aldermer, the latter gentleAright and fanctify their rage;
man was chosen ; but he declining the ofli he attempt disastrous love,
fice, another meeting of the Livery was held Welcar those plaints that wound the grove:
at Vintners-Ilall, Oet. 13, when Mr. Glover With him the kinder patlions glow,
again was called to the chair, and the allemAnd tears diftill'd from pity flow.
bly came to a resolution to return Humphrey On the 21st of May, 1737, Mr. Glover Parsons, Esq. and Sir Robert Godschall to married Mifs Nunn, with whom he received the Court of Aldermen, who made choice of au handsome fortunes and in the same the former to fill the office. On the igth of month published " Leollidas," a poem, i11 460. November, another meeting was held at which in this and the next year paticed chro' Vintneis-Hall, when Mr. Glover pronounced three editions. This poem was inscribexi to an eulogium on Sir John Barnard, and adLord Cobha'n t, and on its first appearance vised the Livery to chule him one of their was received hy the world with great appro- representatives, notwithstanding his intention bation, though it has since been unaccoun: to resign. On all these occafions he acquisably neglected. Lord Lyttelton, in a popu ted himself in a very able manner. His lar publication, called “ Common Sense,'' speeches at all these meetings were elegant, and in a poem addrelled to the author, prais. fpirited, and adapted. ed it in the warmeát terms; and Dr. Pem His talents for public speaking, his knowberton published “ Observat ons on Poetry, ledge of political affairs, and his information especially epic, occafioned by the late poem concerning trade and commerce soon afterupon Leonidas,” 1778, 12mo. merely with wards pointed him out to the merchants of a view to pomt out its beauties. In 1739, London as a proper perion to conduct their Mr. Glover publithed “ London : or, The application to Parliament on the subject of Progress of Commerce," 400. and a ballad the neglect of their trade. He accepted the entitled “ Hosier's Gholt.” Both these pieces office, and in summing up the evidence gave 1eem to have been written with a view to very Atriking proofs of his oratorical powers. incite the public to resent the milbehaviour This speech was pronounced Jan. 27, 1742, of the Spaniards, and the latter had a very and was afterwards published under the title confiderable ettoct.
of " A Mort Account of the late Applica. The polinical diffentions at this period rage tion to Parliament made by the Merchants of
* The only anecdotes of this author are to be found in our Magazine for July last, and they were communicated by a gentleman who received them immediately from Mr. Glover himself. † Mr. Glover is supposed to have written several, if not all the inscriptions at Stowe.
See “ A Narrative of what palled in the Common-Hall of the Citizens of London, wl. 6 lembled for the Election of a Lori-Mayor, on 5.1 urday the 29th of September, on Milde “ day the first, and Tuesday the second of October : together with a Defence of these Pio. “ ceedings, both as reasonable and agreeable to the Practice of former Times." Svo, 1739, This was written by Benjamin Robins, author of Lord Anton's Voyage.
$ These speeches are in the London Magazine, 1749, and in Annals of Europe, 1740, page 283,
Leon upon the Neglect of their Trade ; humanity, and justice ; and lastly, to all in wth the Substance of the Evidence there- general, for their candour, decency, and inorn, as summed up by Mr. Glover." 8vo. dulgence. 1742.
“ Gentlemen, In the fear 1744 died the Dutchess of “ Heetofore I have frequently had occaMarlborough, and by her will left to Mr. fion of addressing the Livery of London in Garter and Mr. Mallet, sool. each, to write public; but at this time I find myself at an tre History of the Duke of Marlborough's unusual loss, being under all the difficulties Life Of Mr. Glover her Grace says, that the which a want of matter, deserving your nobelieves him to be a very honeft man, who tice, can create. Had I now your rights and wished as the did, all the good that could privileges to vindicate ; bad I the cause of happen to preserve the liberties and laws of your fuffering trade to defenil; or were I England. This bequeft never took place. now called forth to recommend and enforce kis supposed that Mr. Glover very early the parliamentary service of the most virtuous renonoced tris share of it ; and Mallet, though and illustrious citizen, my tongue would be he continued to talk of performing the free from constraint, and expatjating at large, tak, almost as long as he livedl, is now would endeavour to merit your attention, kewn derer to have made the least progress which now must be folely confined to lo in it.
narrow a subject as myself. On those occaAbout this period Mr. Glover withilrew a fwns, the importance of the matter, and '
my good deal from public notice, and lived a life known zeal to serve you, however ineilec. Gretirement He had been unsuccessful in tual my atemp's might prove, were always te business, and with a very laudable deli fufficient to secure me the honour of a kind Clad preferred an obscure retreat to po. reception and unmerited regard. Your palu observation, until his aftairs thould put countenance, Gentlemen, first drew me from e a more prosperous appearance. He had the retirement of a Itudious life ; your reteen honoured with the attention of Fre. peated marks of distinction first pointed me denck Prince of Wales, who once presented 0:0 to that great body the merchants of Lonluim with a complete set of the Claflicks, ele. dori, wlic, pursuing your example, conde. 20!ly bound; and on his absenting himself scended to intrust me, unequal and unworthy brfume time on account of the embarral. as I was, with the most important cause, a ment in his circumstances, sent him, it is cause where your interest was as nearly conL', 5ool. The Prince died in March 1751, cerned as theirs. In consequence of that alia May following Mr. Glover was once deference which has been paid to the sentique drawn from his retreat hy the impor. ments and choice of the citizens and traders tunts of bis friends, and stood candidate for of London, it was impoflible but some faint the place of Chamberlain of London. It Juftre must have glanced on one, whom, Futunately happened that he did not de weak as he was, they were pleased to appoins cise himielf unsol most of the Livery had the instrument on their hehalf: and if from ens sed their votes. After a few days, find. there trant.ctions 1 accidentally acquired the Is that his antagonist gained ground upon the fmalleti thare of reputation, iç was to you, pal, he gave up the conteft, on the 7th of Gentlemen of the Livery, that my gratitude May 1951, and on this occasion made the ascribes it ; and I joyfully embrace this pub. fatowing speech, which exhibiting the feel hic opportuvity of declaring, that whatever ts of a manly refigned philosophical mind, part of a public character I may presume to in uprosperous circumítances, deserves to claim, I owe primarily to you, r To this I e rendered more public. It was as follows: might add the favour, the twenty years coun. * Gentlemen,
tenance and patronage of one, whom a jue * AFTER the trouble which I have had preme degree of respect thall prevent me fa large a share in giving you, by my applica- from naming ; and though under the tempLun for your favour to succeed Sir John Bola tation of using that name, as a certain means suth in the office of Chamberlain, this day of obviating fume misconstructions, I shall,
muthily supplied, I should deem myself huwever, avoid to dwell on the memory of a sexcalable in quitting this place, before I lofs fo recent, so juftly and so universally latendered my thanks to those in particular mented. touhre fo generoutty espoused my interest; “ Permit me now to remind you, that w your new-eiected! Chamberlain himself, when placed by these means in a light not and 1. ambers of his friends, whose expressions altogether unfavourable, no lucrative reward al actions have done me peculiar honour, was then the object of my pursuit ; nor ever
dit the warmth of their attachment to did the promises or offers of private emolubom; to the two deserving Magistrates, who ment induce me to quit my independerce, tave presided among us with impartiality, or vary from the least of my former profel