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and was fo much approved by Prince George, confort to the Princess (afterwards Queen) Anne, that the

knowledge of the world, had defervedly gained him the favour of the then prefent King of Denmark, upon whom he was an attendant at Venice; that from him, affifted by his Excellency Mr. Scheel, who refided here as Envoy Extraordinary, he had the memoirs which compofed those papers, which had the honour not to be unacceptable to his Royal Highness Prince George; and when fent to Denmark were by the late king's order turned into French, and read to him as faft as they could be tranflated; that he had feen two editions of them, one in Holland and another in Germany; that he thould be ungrateful if he did not acknowledge the great honour which the univerfity of Copenhagen did him in a letter under the feal of that learned and flourishing body; that he took it as one of his greatest happineffes that by the means of his acquaintance with Mr. Brink he had accompanied him to his Grace the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury and the Lord Bishop of London, with letters from the Bishop of Copenha→ gen, teftifying the refpect he had for their Lordships, and his juft regard and veneration for the church of England. "As "to the matters of fact laid down in thefe papers," fays he, "I am no farther accountable, but believe none of them can "be contradicted." The book has a great many curious remarks upon the Danish conftitution both in church and state, one of which we thall mention as follows: "It is a general "mistake," he obferves, "in England, to call the notion of "the Lutheran Proteftants concerning the facrament Consub"flantiation, for no fuch word is used amongst them. Their "notion amounts to this, that they believe fledfaftly a real " and true prefence of the body and blood of Chrift in the fa"crament in a manner ineffable, which our Saviour him felf "is beft able both to know and do; whereas Confubftantia“tion would imply fomething more natural and material."?

Doctor was appointed Secretary to her Royal Highnefs the fame year.

In 1697 attacked by Dr. Bentley, he took a share with his fellow collegians at Christ-church.in the difpute against that learned Doctor about the genuineness of Phalaris's Greek Epiftles. His zeal for the honour of his college glows with a fingular warmth in this controversy†.

+We have two letters of our Author which fhew how he came to enter into this difpute: they are addreffed to the Hon. Charles Boyle, Efq. who had applied to him for an account of what paffed between Mr. Bennet the bookseller and Dr. Bentley concerning the MS. of Phalaris's Epiftles; in anfwer to which he fays, that among other things the Doctor declared that if the MS. was collated it would be worth "nothing for the future; and that his whole difcourfe was "managed with much infolence." This letter is dated Doctors Commons, October 13th 1697, and was written in Dr. Bentley's Differtation on the Epiftles of Phalaris and the Fables of Æfop, then just published: in which piece our Author finding himself treated with fome contempt addreffed another letter to Mr. Boyle in the following terms: "Give me leave, Sir, to "tell you a fecret, that I have spent a whole day upon Dr. "Bentley's late volume of fcandal and criticism, for every one "mayn't judge it for his credit to be fo employed. He thinks "meanly I find of my reading; as meanly I think of his "fenfe, his modefty, or his manners: and yet for all that I "dare fay I have read more than any man in England befides "him and me; for I have read his book all over.If you have "looked into it, Sir, you have found that a perfon under the "pretence of criticifm may take what freedom he pleases "with the reputation and credit of any gentleman, and that "he need not have any regard to another man's character

The following year came out his humorous piece entitled A Journey to London in the Year 1698, af

"who has once refolved to expofe his own. It was my mif"fortune once in my life to be in the fame place with Dr. "Bentley, and a witness to a great deal of his rude and four"rilous language, which he was fo liberal of as to throw out "at random in a publick ihop, and is fo filly now as to call it "eavesdropping in me, because he was fo noify and I was "fo near that I could not help hearing him.-You defired "me at fome years distance to recollect what passed at that "meeting, and I obeyed your commands. Shall I reckon it an "advantage that Dr. Bentley, who difputes the other tefti"monies, falls in entirely with mine? I would, if I were not "apprehenfive, on that very account, it might be one step "farther from being credited. However, fuch is his fpite to "me that he confirms the truth of all I told you; for the only "particular I could call to mind he grants with some flight "difference in the expreffion; and as to the general account "I gave of his rudeness and infolence he denies it indeed, but "in fo rude and infolent a manner that there is no occation "for me to justify myself on that head. I had declared, it "feems, that he faid "The MS. of Phalaris would be worth "nothing if it were collated." He fets me right, and avers "the expreffion was, that "after the various lections were "once taken and printed the MS. would be like a fqueezed 66 orange, and little worth for the future." The fimilitude of "a fqueezed orange is indeed a confiderable circumftance "which I had forgot, as I doubtless did feveral others: but "for all that I remember the general drift and manner of his "difcourfe as well as if all the particular expreffions were "prefent to me; just as I know his last book to be a difinge "nuous, vain, confufed, unmannerly, performance, though to

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my happiness hardly any of his awkward jefts or impertinent "quotations ftick by me.-I had owned it to be my opinion "that"a MS. was worth nothing unless it were collated,"

ter the ingenious Method of that made by Dr. Martin L [Lifter] the fame year; which he defigned as a vindication of his country, in the view of fhewing Britain as much preferable to France as wealth, plenty, and liberty, are beyond tortoifes' hearts, champignons, and moroglios; or the raising

"The Doctor cunningly distinguishes upon me, and says “it "is worth nothing indeed to the reft of the world, but it is

better for the world if a price were to be fet upon it." I beg "his pardon for my mistake; I thought we were talking of "books in the way of scholars, whereas he anfwers me like a

bookfeller, and as if he dealt in MS. inftead of reading them. "For my part, I measure the value of these kind of things "from the advantage the publick may receive from them, " and not from the profit they are likely to bring to a private "owner; and therefore I have the fame opinion of the Alex"andrian MS. (which he fays he keeps in his lodgings) now " as I fhould have had before the editors of the English Poly"glot published the collation of it, though it may not per"haps bear up to the fame price in St. Paul's Churchyard or "an auction: but I hope if it be fafely kept it need never come "to the experiment.-As to the particular reflections he has "caft upon me it is no more than I expected; I could neither "hope nor with for better treatment from one that had used "you ill. It is reputable both to men and books to be ill spoken "of by him, and a favourable prefumption on their fide that "there is fomething in both which may chance to recom"mend them to the world. It is in the power of every little "creature to throw dirty language, but a man must have "fome credit himself in the world before things he fays "can leffen the reputation of another: and if Dr. Bentley "inuft be thus qualified in order to mischief me, I am fafe "from all the harm his malice can do me. I am, St.”—,

of two millions and two hundred thousand pounds in a few hours is preferable to any coins of Zenobia, Odenatus, and Vabaluthus. This was a specimen of that particular humour in which he excelled, and the charms of which proved irrefiftible; whence giving way to that fuga negotii so incident to the poetical race, he paffed his days in the pursuit of the fame ravishing images, which being aptly moulded came abroad in manuscript in the form of pleasant tales, and other pieces in verse, at various times as they happened to be finished t.

Thus captivated with these beauties he neglected his business, and even grew by degrees, as ufual in

But our Author did not reft the matter here; in the courfe of this famous difpute he published Dialogues of the Dead relating to the prefent Controverfy concerning the Fpiftles of Phalaris. He tells us thefe were written in felfdefence; and I "prefume," continues he," with modefty." And nothing fhews he had it at heart more than the various memorandums relating to that subject found scattered up and down in his Adverfaria.

+ He collected thefe afterwards, and published them, together with fome other pieces, in his Mifcellanies, prefixing this remark in the preface concerning them: "The remaining poems which are here muit feek their fate: they were "abroad in inanufcript, and I hope will not have harder for

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tune now they are in print than they had in the opinion "of fome friends before they were fo." That entitled Little Mouths had been univerfally admired. The reader will find it, with Dr. King's whole other poems, in this edition of his Poetical Works in two volumes.

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