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RICHARD DUKE, THE POET.
It was not until the late Rev. Dr. Maitland dis-
covered among some family papers a copy of
"Richard Duke's Discharge of his Father's Exe-
cutors, 1679," that any particulars were known
of the parentage of the poet. Dr. Johnson, who
has given a short account of him in The Lives of
the Poets, confesses "Of Mr. Richard Duke I can
find few memorials." Robert Anderson (British
Poets, vi. 625) was not more successful. He says,
"Of Richard Duke very few particulars have de-
scended to posterity. The accounts of his family
are obscure and imperfect. Jacob says, his father
was an eminent citizen of London, but does not
mention his profession. The year of his birth is
In a" Chronological Table of English History,"
forming part of the Sloane MS. 1711, at the
British Museum, the following memoranda of the
family of Duke occur in the order of date, among
which will be found the day of his birth, as well
as some additional particulars of his family :-
1595. Aug. I [Richard Duke] came to London to be ap-
1607. Aug. I, warden of my company† for 2 yeres to come.
*See "N. & Q." 2nd S. ii. 4.
The Scriveners. During the second year of the
wardenship of Richard Duke, the following memorable
event was recorded in the registers of the parish church
1658. June the 13th MY SONNE RICHARD WAS BORNE BE-
TWEENE THE HOWERS OF ONE & TWO IN YE AFTER-
Aug. the 20th my daughter Elizabeth dyed and was
buryed by her mother in ye chancel of St M. C.
1660. 9 July, sonne Robert borne at 2 clo. morn.
1662. May 3 my daughter Elizabeth borne and baptized
the 13 of May.
1663. Dec. 2. Daughter Eliz. dyed & was buryed the 4th
in the cloister of St M. Cornehill.
1668. Jul. 15th my deare and loveing wife Anne Duke departed this life in child bedd imediately after shee was delivered of a sonne dead borne.
Duke, it appears, was for some time tutor to the Duke of Richmond, the son of Charles II. by the Duchess of Portsmouth. The poet is known to have enjoyed the friendship and praises of Dryden, Waller, Otway, Lee, Creech, and other contemporary wits of his day, and seems to have been a polite and accomplished scholar, and a respectable, though not a great poet. His poems were printed by Tonson in a volume with those of the Earl of Roscommon in 1717, 8vo.
In 1710 Duke was presented by Dr. Trelawney, Bishop of Winchester, to the wealthy living of Witney, in Oxfordshire, which he enjoyed but for a few months. On Feb. 10, 1710-11, having returned from an entertainment, he retired to bed in apparent health, but the next morning was found a corpse. His death is thus noticed by Dean Swift:
'Dr. Duke died suddenly two or three nights ago; he was one of the wits when we were children, but turned parson, and left it, and never writ farther than a prologue or recommendatory copy of verses. He had a fine living given him by the Bishop of Winchester about three months ago: he got his living suddenly, and he got his dying so too."-Swift's Journal to Stella, Feb. 14, 1711. Again on Feb. 16, he says, " Atterbury and Prior
went to bury poor Dr. Duke."
"There is a pleasure in poetic pains,
Which only poets know. The shifts and turns,
The expedients and inventions multiform
To which the mind resorts, in chase of terms,
Though apt, yet coy, and difficult to win," &c.
So writes Cowper in "The Task," and its truth will be recognised by every one who has ever made verses. It is, however, not always a "pleasure," and it is often a needless expense of time; and as it is very generally a rime that is given chase to, much labour might, I think, be saved by the use of a riming dictionary. Byron, I believe, always used one; and what may appear strange, my late friend Rossetti, though actually an improvisatore, always had one by him when writing verses. On the other hand, Thomas Hood told me that he had often had to go through the dictionary from end to end in search of a word; and I remember when Crofton Croker and I were writing the second volume of The Irish Fairy Legends, that when I called on him one evening he read to me what he had written of his ballad, "The Lord of Dunkerron," and he stopped at the last stanza without giving the final word, which I supplied at once. By," said he, slapping the table, "I have been hunting for that very word these last two hours." All this labour might
Amongst a large collection of works connected with the county, I have The Parochial History of Cornwall, by William Hals, one of the rarest of topographical works. This fragment of his intended history is a portion of the second part, and comprises the account of seventy-two parishes, from Advent to part of Helston inclusive, in 160 folio pages. It was published by Andrew Brice, a printer at Exeter, in 1750, and contains ten numbers only, when the work dropped from want of encouragement or some other reason. Hals first brought down his history to 1702, but continued it to 1736, and died in 1739, long before the well-known epigram of "Here lies poor Fred." Now, whatever merit may be due to this composition, a reference to Hals will deprive it of the stamp of originality, unless we can assume that the author was really unacquainted with Hals's epigram, and that it is therefore simply a question of singular unanimity of thought between two persons of distant times and places,