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LONDON R E VI E W;
FOR JANUARY, 1786.
For the EUROPEAN MAGAZINE.
ACCOUNT of the late RICHARD GLOVER, Esq.
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 Iue, Cannon street, in the year 1912. He to Mr. í lover what Mr. Walpole faid received the whole of his - education under of his friend Gray, that he never was the Rev. Mr. Daniel Sanxay, at Cheam- boy. fool, a place which he afterwards de. Though poffefsed of talents which were lated to vifit; and sometimes attended at calculated to excel in the literary world, he the anniversary, held of late years in London, was content to devote his attention to comwhere he seemed happy in relating his juvenile merce, and at a proper period commenced Datenures. At this seminary he early di- a' Hamburgh merchant t; but though he ttinguished himself, particularly in the poeti- acknowledged trade to be entitled to the cal lice; and amongst other pieces, wrote a principal, yet he did not admit it to be the poem to the memory of Sir Isaac Newton, sole object of his attention. He still cultiprefixed to the view of that incomparable vated literature, and affociated with those author's philosophy, published in 4to. in 1728, who were eminent in science. One of his by his intimate friend Dr. Pemberton * earliest friends was Matthew Green, the inConsidering this as the work of a school-boy, genious but obscure author of some admirable it will excite no small degree of surprize, as poems, which, in 1737, after his death, were it possesses 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 here 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 itood in need of
an apology, I thould 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 Thail "miy take the liberty to observe, that the boldness of the digressions will be best 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 (train."
original writer in the Spleen * complimented ed with great violence, and more especias our author in the following manner : in the metropolis. In the year 1739, S
George Champion, who was next in ror But there's a youth that you can name,
tion for the chief magiftracy, had offended Who needs no leading.strings to fame,
majority of his conflituents, by voting wi Whose quick maturity of brain
the Court party in the business of the Spa The birth of Pallas may explain ;
nish Convention. This determined them Dreaming of whofe depending fate,
set him afide, and chuse the next to him I heard Melpomene debate,
seniority; accordingly Sir John Salter na This, this is he, that was foretold
chosen on Michaelmas-day, and ori this occa Should emulate our Greeks of old,
fion Mr. Glover took a very active part Inspir'd by me with facred art,
On the succeeding year the same resolutioi He fings, and rules the varied heart.
of the majority continuing, Mr. Glover preif Jove's dread auger he rehearse,
fided at Tininers.Hall, Sept. 25, at a meeting We hear the thunder in his verre;
of the Livery, to consider of two propez If he describe love turn'd to rage,
persons 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 pations then engage
to the Court of Aljermer, the latter gentleAright and fanctify their race;
man was chosen ; but he declining the ofli ne ältempt disastrous love,
fice, another meeting of tlie Livery was held Welcar those plaints that wound the grove:
at Vintners-kiall, Oct. 13, when Mr. Glover With him the kinder patlions glow,
again was called to the chair, and the allemAnd tears distill’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 Miss Sunn, with whom he received the Court of Aldermen, who made choice of an handsome fortune and in the same the former to fill the office. On the Igth of month published " Leonidas," a poem, 111460. November, another meeting was held at which in this and the next year patied thro' Vintners- Hall, when Mr. Glover pronounced three editions. This poem was inscribed 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, not withitanding his intention bation, though it has since been unaccouni- to resign. On all these occafions he acquisabiy neglected.
Lurd 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 warmest 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 afteropon Leonidas,” 17:8, 12 mo. merely with wards pointed him out to the merchants of a view to point out its beauties. In 1739, London as a proper perion to conduct their Mr. Glover publithed “ London : 01, The application to Parliament on the subject of Progress of Commerce,” 4to. and a ballid the neglect of their trade. He accepted the entitled “ Hofier's Glwit." Both these pieces office, and in summing up the evidence gave seem to have been written with a view to very ftriking proofs of his oratorical powers. incite the public to resent the mitbehaviour This speech wis pronounced Jan. 27, 1742, of the Spaniards, and the latter had a very and was after wards published under the title confiderable eftoct.
of " A Thort Account of the late ApplicaThe political dilrentions at this period rage lion 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 himielt. + Mr. Glover is supposed to have written several, if not all the inferiptions at Stowe.
Sce “ A Narrative of what pulled in the Cummon-Hall of the Citizens of London, af. " lembled for the Election of a Lord-M.yor, on Saturday the 29th of Septemtrer, on M“ day the first, and Tuesday the second of October : together with a Defence of these Pio. « ceedings, both as reatonable and agrecable to the Practice of former Times." Svo. 1739. This was written by Benjamin Robins, author of Lord Anton's Voyage.
§ These speecles are in the London Magazine, 1740, and in Annals of Europe, 1745, page 283
London upon the Neglect of their Trade ; humanity, and justice ; and lastly, to all in with the Substance of the Evidence there- general, for their candour, decency, and inuma, as fummed up by Mr. Glover." 8vo. dulgence. 1742.
“ Gentlemen, In the fear 1744 died the Dutchiefs of “ Huetofore I have frequently had occaMarlborough, and by her will left to Mr. fion of aadressing the Livery of London in Gwer and Mr. Mallet, sool.each, to write public; but at this time I find myself at an ize History of the Duke of Marlborough's. unusual loss, being under all the difficulties Lle. Of Mr. Glover her Grace says, that she which a want of matter, deserving your nobelieves him to be a very honest man, who tice, can create. Had I now your riglits and wished as she did, all the good that could prwileges to vindicate ; bad I the cause of happen to preserve the liberties and laws of your fuffering trade to defend; or were I Fagland. This bequest never took place. now called forth to recommend and enforce k is supposed that Mr. Glover very early the parliamentary service of the most virtuous rea boced his share of it ; and Mallet, thoug! and illuftrious citizen, my tongue would be he continued to talk of performing the free from constraint, and expatiating at large, tak, almost as long as be livell, is now would endeavour to merit your attention, kuin nerer to have made the least progress which now muft be folely confined to to in it.
narrow a subject as myself. On those occaAbout this period Mr. Glover withrew a suns, the importance of the matter, and 'my god deal from public notice, and lived a life known zeal to serve you, however ineifec. of retirement He had heen unsuccessful in tual my a:tempts might prove, were always but business, and with a very laudable deli- sufficient to secure me the honour of a kind Cobou preferred an obfcure retreat to po. reception and unmerited regard. Your pulu oblervation, until his aftairs thould put countenance, Gentlemen, first drew me from on a more prosperous appearance. He had the retirement of a Itudious life ; your rebeen honoured with the attention of Fre- peated marks of distinction first pointed me derick Prince of Wales, who once presented out to that great body che merchants of Lon. lim with a complete set of the Claflicks, ele. dor, who, pursuing your example, conde. gantly bound ; and on his absenting bimself scended to intrult me, unequal and unworthy for lume time on account of the embarrall. as I was, with the most important cause, a ment in his circumstances, sent him, it is cause where your interest was as nearly con14, 3051. The Prince died in March 1751, cerned as theirs. In consequence of that a) in May following, Mr. Glover was once deference which bas been paid to the sentiDie drawn from his retreat hy the impor- ments and choice of the citizens and traders tanks of his friends, and stood candidate for of London, it was impoflible but some faint de place of Chamberlain of London. It Juftre must have glanced on one, whom, Ilutunately happened that he did not de- weak as he was, they were pleased to appoint are biméelf unul most of the Livery had the instrument on their hehalf: and if from engaged their votes. After a few days, finde these tranfactions I accidentally acquired the uz that his antagonist gained ground upon the fmalleti thare of reputation, iç was to you, pl, he gave up the conteft, on the 7th of Gentlemen of the Livery, that my gratitude May 1731, and on this occasion made the afcribes it ; and I joyfully embrace this pubfilowing speech, which exhibiting the feel- fic opportunity of declaring, that whatever is of a manly refigned philosophical mind, part of a public character 1 may presume to in uprosperous circumstances, deserves to claim, I owe primamly to you. , •To this I be rod-red more public. It was as follows: might add the favour, the twenty years coun. ** Gentlemen,
tenance and patronage of one, whom a su" AFTER the trouble which I have had preme degree of respect thall prevent me for large a share in giving you, by my applica- from naming ; and though under the tempLon for your favour to succeed Sir John Bola tation of using that name, as a certain means #th in the office of Chamberlain, this day of obviating some misconstructions, I fall, othily fupplied, I thould deem myself Iwwever, avoid to dwell on the memory of a sexcalable in quitting this place, before I loss fo recent, so justly and so universally laTowered my thanks to those in particular mented. ra tirre fo generoutty espoused my interest; " Permit me now to remind you, that to your new-elected Chamberlain himself, when placed by these means in a light not ud 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 ; for ever
dit the warmth of their attachment to did the promises or offers of private emoluhim; to the two deserving Magistrates, who ment inwuce me to quit my independence, tave presided among us with impartiality, or vary from the least of my former profer