The General Biographical Dictionary, Volume 29

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 328 pages
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: T H E M I S T O C L E S. 45 the most accurate judgment of the past, and gained the clearest insight into the future. He had a discernment that could dev dope the advantageous and the pernicious in measures proposed, howevej. involved in perplexity and obscurity; and he had, no less remarkably, the faculty of explaining things clearly to others, than that of judging clearly himself. Such, in short, were the powers of his genius, and the readiness of his judgment, that he was, heyond all men, capable of directing all things, on every occasion. He died, according to Plutarch, in his sixty-fifth year; leaving a large progeny, to whom the bounty of the Persian monarch was continued. Many of theim were, however, restored to their country. It is very commonly said, and Plutarch favours the notion, that he died by poison voluntarily taken: but Thucydides does not seem to credit the opinion, but rather to consider his death as natural.1: THEOBALD (LEWIS), a miscellaneous writer and critic, was born at Sittinghourn in Kent, in which place hii father was an eminent attorney. His grammatical learning he received at Isleworth in Middlesex, and afterwards ap- plied himself to the law; but, finding that pursuit tedious and irksome, he quitted it for the profession of poetry. According to the editors of the Biog. Dramatica, his first appearance in this profession was not much to his credit. One Henry Mestayer, a watchmaker, had written a play, which he submitted to the correction of Theohald, who formed it into a tragedy, and procured it to be acted and printed as his own. This compelled the watchmaker to publish his own performance in 1716, with a dedication to Theohald. The editors of the Biog. Dram, who appear to have examined both pieces, observe that Theohald, ' although unmercifu...

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