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upon the pastoral comedy of the Italians, and those pastorals which Pope was then preparing to publish.
The kindnesses which are first experienced are seldom forgotten. Pope always retained a grateful memory of Walfh's notice, and mentioned him in one of his latter pieces among those that had encouraged his juvenile studies;
- Granville the polite, And knowing Walsh, would tell me I could
write. In his Essay on Criticism he had given him more splendid praise, and, in the opinion of his learned commentator, facrificed a little of his judgement to his gratitude. "The time of his death I have not learned, It must have happened between 1707, when he wrote to Pope, and 1711, when Pope praised him in the Essay. The epitaph makes him forty-six years old: if Wood's account be right, he died in 1709.
He is known more by his familiarity with greater men, than by any thing done or written by himself.
His works are not numerous. In profe he wrote Eugenia, a defence of women; which Dryden honoured with a Preface.
Esculapius, or the Hospital of Fools, published after his death.
A Collection of Letters and Poems, amorous and gallant, was published in the volumes called Dryden's Miscellany, and some other occasional pieces. .
To his Poems and Letters is prefixed a very judicious preface upon Epistolary Composition and Amorous Poetry.
In his Golden age restored, there was something of humour, when the facts were recent; but it now strikes no longer. In his imitation of Horace, the first stanzas are happily turned; and in all his writings there are pleasing passages. He has however more elegance than vigour, and seldom rises higher than to be pretty.
SAMUEL Ġ À R T H was of a good family in Yorkshire, and from some school in his own country became a student at Peterhouse in Cambridge, where he resided till he commenced doctor of physick on July the 7th 1691. He was examined before the College at London on March the 12th, 1691-2, and admitted fellow July 26th, 1692. He was soon so much distinguished, by his conversation and accomplishments, as to obtain very extensive practice; and, if a pamphlet of those times may be credited, had the favour and confidence of one party, as Ratcliffe had of the other.
He is always mentioned as a man of benevolence; and it is just to suppofe that his defire of helping the helpless, disposed him to so much zeal for the Dispensary; an undertaking of which some account, however short, is proper to be given
Whether what Temple says be true, that physicians have had more learning than the other faculties, I will not stay to enquire; but, I believe, every man has found in phyficians great liberality, and dignity of senti. ment, very prompt effufion of beneficence, and willingness to exert a lucrative art, where there is no hope of lucre. Agreeably to this character, the college of physicians, 'in July 1687, published an edict, requiring all the fellows, candidates, and licentiates, to give gratuitous advice to the neighbouring poor.
This edict was sent to the Court of Aldermen ; and a question being made to whom the appellation of the poor should be extended, the College answered, that it should be sufficient to bring a testimonial from a clergyman officiating in the parish where the patient resided.
After a year's experience, the physicians found their charity frustrated by some malignant opposition, and made to a great degree vain by the high price of phyfick; they therefore voted, in August 1688, that the laboratory of the College should be accommodated to the preparation of medicines, and another room prepared for their reception; and that the contributers to the expence should manage the charity.
It was now expected that the Apothecaries would have undertaken the care of providing medicines; but they took another course. Thinking the whole design pernicious to their interest, they endeavoured to raise a faction against it in the College, and found some phy. sicians mean enough to solicit their patronage, by betraying to them the counsels of the College. ' The greater part, however, enforced by a new edict in 1694, the former order of 1687, and sent it to the mayor and aldermen, who appointed a committee to treat with the College, and settle the mode of administering the Charity