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UNIV. OF CALB
SIR THOMAS ROBINSON*
BRINGING OVER WARD'S DROP IN 1731-2.
SAY, knight, for learning most renown'd,
What is this wond'rous drop?
Which Friend ne'er knew, nor can be found,
* Sir Thomas Robinson, afterwards Governor of Barbadoes, a great Pretender to Virtue.-W.
Sir Thomas Robinson was bred in German courts, and was rather restored than naturalized to the genius of that country: he had German honour, loved German politics, and could explain himself as little as if he spoke only German. The Duke of Newcastle dragged poor Sir Thomas into light and ridicule.-W.
Sir Thomas Robinson gave up the seals in 1755, and was made Master of the great Wardrobe with a pension of £.2,000 a year on Ireland, for 31 years.-W.
1754, the German, Sir Thomas Robinson, was thought on for the Secretary's seals, but has just sense enough to be unwilling to accept them under so ridiculous an administration; this is the first act of the Comedy.-W.
The most eminent apothecaries of the day.-W.
With Busts and Medals others come
Back to their native coast;
You, Sir, have brought a Jewel home,
'Tis said, as tho' by magic force,
Like Mercury it takes its course
If to th' affected part 'twill go,
As to dispel that little sense,
That troubles you so much.
* Governor Pitt, Grandfather to Lord Chatham, who sold the famous Diamond to the King of France.-W.
THO' Peggy's charms have oft been sung,
* She was born in Dublin, 1718; for her education she was indebted to Madame Violante [the present Mrs. Garrick], a French lady of good reputation, and famous for feats of agility: from her instructions she learned that easy action and graceful deportment which she improved by unremitting application. She acted Sir Harry Wildair, in 1738—this gay, dissipated, good-humoured rake, she represented with so much ease, elegance, and propriety of deportment, that no male actor has since equalled her. Her chief merit consisted in a representation of females of high rank and of dignified elegance, whose graces in deportment, as well as foibles, she understood and displayed in a lively and pleasing manner. The fashionable irregularities and sprightly coquetry of a Millament, Lady Townly, Lady Betty Modish, and Maria, were exhibited by her with that happy ease and gaiety, and with such powerful attractions, that the excesses of these characters appeared not only pardonable but agreeable; her Pliant in Congreve's Double Dealer was whimsical. In Mr. Day in the Committee she made no scruple to disguise her beautiful countenance; she aimed at general excellence, and with this view she visited Paris. Colley Cibber, at the age of
New praises still remain ;
Beauty like her's may well infuse
New flights, new fancies, like a Muse,
'Tis not her form alone I prize,
Which ev'ry fool, that has his eyes,
As well as I can see;
she's fair is but to say,
When the sun shines at noon 'tis day,
But I'm in love with Peggy's mind,
seventy, was her humble admirer; he played Fondlewife in the Old Bachelor, to her Letitia. She acted Cordelia and Ophelia to Garrick's Lear and Hamlet: her company was sought after by persons of the first rank and character, who were proud of her acquaintance, and charmed with her conversation: she was President of a Select Society of Beau Esprits, called the "Beaf Steak Club," and was the only woman admitted. She was mistress of a good understanding much improved by company and books; she died, 1760. She was not unlike in her person to Miss Farren the present amiable and accomplished Countess of Derby.
That can adorn the fair,
Excepting one you scarce can miss,
She who professes all the rest,
That Virtue shares alone;
To seek perfection is a jest,
They who have fewest faults the best,
And Peggy has but one.