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(without typos) from the publisher. 1822. Excerpt: ... THE LIFE OF
EDWARD YOUNG. BY THE REV. SIR II. CROFT AND DR. JOHNSON. THe
following life was written, at my request, by a gentleman who had
better information than I could easily have obtained; and the
Public will perhaps wish that I had solicited and obtained more
such favours from him *. "Dear Sir, "In consequence of our
different conversations about authentic materials for the Life of
Young, I send you the following detail. ' Of great men, something
must always be said to gratify curiosity. Of the illustrious author
of the 'Night Thoughts' much has been told of which there
never.could have been proofs; and little care appears to have been
taken to tell that, of which proofs, with little trouble, might
have been procured." - "Edward Young was born at Upham, near
Winchester, in Jane, 1681. He was the son of Edward Young, at that
time fellow of Winchester College and rector of Upham; who was the
son of Jo. Young, of Woodhay, in Berkshire, styled by Wood,
gentleman. In September, 1682, the Poet's father was collated to
the prebend of Gillingham Minor, in the church of Sarnm, by Bishop
Ward. When Ward's faculties were impaired through age, his duties
were necessarily performed by others. We learn from Wood, that, at
a visitation of Sprat's, July'the 12th, 1686, the prebendary
preached a Latin sermon, afterwards published, with which the
bishop was so pleased, that he told the Chapter he was concerned to
find the preacher had one of the worst prebends in their church.
Some time after this, in consequence1 of his merit and reputation,
or of the interest of Lord Bradford, to whom, in 1702, he dedicated
two volumes of sermons, he was appointed chaplain to King William
and Queen Mary, and preferred to the deanery of Sarum. .Jacob, who
wrote in 1720, says, 'he was chaplain and cl...
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