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In 1741, he wrote for the Gentleman's Magazine," the Preface,” conclufion of his Lives of Drake and Barettier ; “ A free translation of the Jests of Hierocles, with an Introduction," “ Debate on the proposal of Parliament to Cromwell, to assume the title of King, abridged, methodized, and digested ; Translation of Abbé Guyon's Dissertation on the Amazons; “ Translation of Fontenelle's Paneġyric on Dr. Morin.” He, this
year, and the two following, wrote the Parliamentary Debates. The eloquence, the force of argument, and the splendour of language displayed in the several fpeeches, are well known, and universally admired. To one who praised his impartiality, observing that he had dealt out reason and eloquence with an equal hand to both parties,
" That is not quite true, Sir, said Johnson ; I saved appearances well enough, but I took care that the WHIG Dogs should not have the
best of it.” They have been collected in 2 vols. 8vo, 1787, and recommended to the notice of parliamentary speakers, as orations upon questions of public importance, by a Preface,” written by George Chalmers, Esq. whose commercial and biographical writings are well known and esteemed.
In 1742, he wrote for the “ Gentleman's Magazine,” the “ Preface;" the Parliamentary Debates; Esay on the Account of the Conduet of the Duchess of Marlborough, then the popular topic of conversation ; The Life of Peter Burman; Additions to his Life of Barettier; The Life of Sydenham, afterwards prefixed to Swan's edition of his works; the "
Foreign History," for December'; Essay on the Description of China, from the French of Du Halde; Proposals for printing Bibliotheca Harlecana ; or, a Catalogue of the Library of the Earl of Oxford. It was afterwards prefixed to the
first volume of the “ Catalogue,” in which
upon his neck. Johnson him-
put his foot
He wrote in the “ Gentleman's Magazine” for 1743, the “ Preface;" the Parliamentary Debates for January and February; “ Considerations on the Dispute between Cronfaz and Warburton, on Pope's Essay on Man," in which he defends Cronfaz; Ad Lauram parituram Epigramma; A Latin translation of Pope's Verses on his Grotto; an exquisitely beautiful Ode on Friendship; and
Advertisement” for Osborne, concerning the Harleian Catalogue.
The same year he wrote for his schoolfellow, Dr. James's
Medicinal Dictionary,” in 3 vols. folio, the Dedication to Dr. Mead, which is conceived with great address, to conciliate the patronage of that very eminent man. He had also written, or assisted in writing, the proposals for this work; and, being very fond of the study of physic, in which Dr. James was his master, he furnished some of the articles.
At this time, his circumstances were much embarrassed; yet such was his liberal affection for his mother, that he took upon himself a debt of her's, to Mr. Levett of Litchfield, which, though only twelve pounds, was then considerable to him. In 1744, he wrote the "
he wrote the “ Preface" for the Gentleman's Magazine, and the Preface to the Harleian Miscellany. The selection of the pamphlets of which it was composed was made by Mr. Oldys, a man of eager curiosity, and indefatigable diligence, to whom English literature owes many obligations. The same
year he produced one work fully fufficient to maintain the high reputation which he had acquired. This was the Life of Savage, which he had announced his intention of writing in the “ Gentleman's Magazine,” for August 1743. It is said by Sir John Hawkins, that he composed the whole of it in thirty-fix hours ;