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CON TENTS. vii
C EIA PT E R W III.
C EIA PT E R XIII.
Author's Preface—His ancestors—Doctor Richard Cumberland—Doctor Richard Bentley—Swift's Battle of the Books—Anecdotes of Bentley—Collins—His controversy with Bentley—Roger Cotes—Character of Bentley—Mrs. Bentley —Richard Bentley, the younger—His connection with Horace Walpole— Character of Walpole—Elizabeth Bentley—Joanna Bentley, Cumberland’s mother—Author's reflections—His boyhood—His teacher, Arthur Kinsman— Anecdote of Cumberland at school—Joshua Barnes—Warburton—Death of T}r. Bentley—Cumberland's success in his studies—Attempts English verse —His home—His mother forms his taste in poetry—Goes to Westminster— Vincent Bourne—Warren Hastings—Colman—Hinchliffe, Smith, and Vincent —Dr. Nichols—Execution of Lords Kilmarnock and Balmerino—Anecdote of Selwyn–Progress of the rebels—Westminster school—Eton school—Edmund Ashby-Cumberland goes to the play—Garrick—Death of Cumberland’s sister—Enters Trinity College.
AT the close of the year 1804, whilst I am still in possession of my faculties, though full of years, I sit down to give a history of my life and writings. I do not undertake the task lightly, and without deliberation; for I have weighed the difficulties, and am prepared to meet them. I have lived so long in this world, mixed so generally with mankind, and written so voluminously and so variously, that I trust my motives cannot be greatly misunderstood, if, with strict attention to truth, and in simplicity of style, I pursue my narrative, saying nothing more of the immediate object of these memoirs, than in honor and in conscience am warranted to say.
I shall use so little embellishment in this narrative that, if the reader is naturally candid he will not be disgusted; if he is easily amused he will not be disappointed.