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that little more was paid him than the Twenty Pounds á-Year, which were allow'd him by Mr. Pope, who propos'd the Subscription.
After some Stay at Bristol he retir'd to Swansea, the Place originally design'd for his Residence, where
he liv'd about a Year, very much dissatisfied with · the Diminution of his Salary.
Here he compleated his Tragedy of Sir Thomas Overbury, of which two Acts were wanting when he left London, and was desirous of coming to Town to bring it upon the Stage. This Design was very warmly opposed, and he was advis’d by his chief Benefactor to put it into the Hands of Mr. Thomson and Mr. Mallet, that it might be fitted for the Stage, and to allow his Friends to receive the Profits, out of which an annual Pension should be paid him.
This Proposal he rejected with the utmost Contempt. He was by no Means convinc'd that the Judgment of those to whom he was required to submit, was superior to his own, and in a short Time afterwards he form’d a Resolution of leaving that Part of the Country..
He broke off all Correspondence with most of his Contributors, and more frequently reproach'd his Subscribers for not giving him more, than thank'd them for what he receiv'd; and grew petulant and contemptųous. Certainly he was reduc'd to live on a very little, and reflected with great Discontent on the sumptuous Fare and fine Company, he at Times us’d in London to partake of and with ; not considering, that the Fate of much greater Poets than he could ever pretend to have been, was oftentimes to have been neglected in their Wants and Distresses, and seldom or ever to meet with such frequent Reliefs as he himself had met with : Nor is any Thing so precarious as the Favours of the Great ; when VOL. II.
they advance they advance flowly, and when they retire they retire faft. To this Purpose Mr. Pope had oftentimes reason'd with him, and gave him into his Hand, under Pretence of defiring him to copy them, fome Verses he had in the Year 1729 receiv'd from Dean Swift, which were call’d, Verses to Dr. Delany, occafioned by his Epistle to his Excellency, John Lord Carteret.