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PRINTED FOR F. AND C. RIVINGTON; OTRIDGE AND SON; LONGMAN
AND J. HOOKHAM.
J. Cundee, Printer, Ivy-Lane, Paternoster-Row.
LIFE OF DR. YOUNG.
1 HE pen of. biography cannot be better enıployed, than in the service of an author, who displayed eminent genius and abilities in the cause of virtue and religion. Such was Dr. Young, the subject of these Memoirs. · His father, whose name was also Edward Young, was Fel. low of Winchester College, Rector of Upham in Hampshire, and, in the latter part of his life, Dean of Sarum; chaplain : to William and Mary, and afterwards to Queen Ann. Jacob tells us that the latter, when Princess Royal, did him the honour to stand godmother to our poet; and that, upon her ascending the throne, he was appointed Clerk of the Closet to her Majesty
It does not appear that this gentleman distinguished hiinself in the Republic of Letters, otherwise than by a Latin Visitation Sermon, preached in 1686, and by two volumes of Sermons, printed in 1702, and which he dedicated to Lord Bradford, through whose interest he probably received some of his promotions. The Dean died at Sarum in 1705, aged 63 ; after a very short illness, as appears by the exordium of Bishop Burnet's sermon at the Cathedral on the following Sunday.." Death (said he) has been of late walking round
26.us, and making breach upon brefchupon us, and has fow
carried away the head of tliis body..yith; a fioke ; :$o that?
hei whom jou saw a week ago distributing the bolj mys: mieties; js 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.”. . .... : Oui aüthor, who was an only sons was born:at his father's rectory, 191681, and received the first part of his education" (as his father had formerly done) at Winchester College ; ; from phonce, in his 19th year, he was placed on the founda tion of New College, Oxford ; whence again, on the death of the Warden in the same year, he was rėmpoved to Corpus Christi. In 1708, Archbishop-Tennison rondinated him toa" law fellowship at All Souls, where, in 1714, he took the de gree of Bachelor of Civil Law, and five years afterwards that of Doctor. .
Between the acquisition of these academie honours, Young, was appointed to speakthe Latin Oration on the foundation of the Codrington Library., which he afterwards printed, with, aschódication to the Ladies of that family, in English.
Ja ihis part of his life, qur author is said not to have been that ornament:ta virtue and religion which he afterwards, Ben
came. This is easy to be accattated for. He had been releaped .: frgm parental authority by: his father's death ; and his genius
and danversation had introduced him to the notice of the witty Rad frotigate Duke of Wharton*, and his gay compa nións by whom his finances might be improved, but not his morals. This is the period at which Pope is said to have told
..Warburton, our young author had “much genius without . * common sense;" and it should seem likewise, that he posa
sessed a zeal for religion with little of its practical influence'; : for, with all his gaiety and ambition, he was an advocate for
*'At the instigation of this peer, he was once candidate for a seat in Parliameet, but without success, and the expences were paid by Wharton,