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LIFE OF EDWARD YOUNG.
BY THE REV.
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 wbich 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 YọUNG was born at Upham, near Winchester, in June, 1681. He was the son of Edward Young, at that time fellow of Winchester
See Gent. Mag. vol. Ixx. p. 225.
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 Sarum, 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 consequence 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 clerk of the closet to the late queen, who honoured him by standing godmother to the poet. His fellowship of Winchester he resigned in favour of a gentleman of the name of Harris, who married his only daughter. The dean died at Sarum, after a short illness, in 1705, in the sixty-third year of his age. On the Sunday after his decease Bishop Burnet preached at the cathedral, and began his sermon with saying, · Death has been of late walking round us, and making breach upon breach upon us, and has now carried away the head of this body with a stroke; so that he, whom you saw a week ago distributing the holy mysteries, is now laid in the dust. But he still lives in the many excellent directions he has left us, both how to live and how to die.'
“ The dean placed his son upon the foundation at Winchester College, where he had himself been educated. At this school Edward Young remained till the election after his eighteenth birth-day, the