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YOU N G.
THE following Life was written, at
1 my request, by a gentleman who had better information than I could eafily have obtained; and the publick will perhaps wish that I had solicited and obtained more such favours from him.
" Dear Sir, In consequence of our different conversations about authentick materials for the Life of Young, and in consequence of your fears left, for want of proper
information, you might say any thing of the father which should hurt the fon, I send you the following detail. It is not, I.confess, immediately in the line of my profession; but hard indeed is our fate at the bar, if we may not call a few hours now-and-then our own.
Of great men something inust always be said to gratify curiosity. Of the great author of the Night Thoughts much has been told of which there never could have been proofs; and little care appears to have been taken to tell that of which proofs, with little trouble, might have been procured.
EDWARD YOUNG was born at Upham, near Winchester, in June 1681. He was the son of Edward Young, at that time Fellow of Winchester College and Rector of Upham; who was the son of Jo. Young of Woodhay in Berkshire, stiled by Wood gentleman. In September 1682 the Poet's father was collated to the prebend of Gillingham Minor, in the church of Sarum, by bishop Ward. On the childishness of Ward, his duties were necessarily performed by others. We learn from Wood, that, at a visitation of Sprat, July the 12th, 1686, the Prebendary preached a Latin fermon, afterwards published, with which the Bishop was so pleased, that he told the Chapter he was concerned to find the preacher had one of the A 2
worst prebends in their church. In consequence of his merit and reputation, or of the interest of lord Bradford (to whom, in 1702, he dedicated two volumes of sermons), he was, some time after, appointed chaplain to King William and Queen Mary, and preferred to the deanry of Sarum. Jacob, who wrote in 1720, says, he was chaplain and clerk of the closet to the late Queen, who honoured him by standing godmother to the Poet. His fellowship of Winchester he resigned in favour of one Mr. Harris, who married his only daughter. 'The Dean died at Sarum, after a short illness, in 1705, in the sixty-third year of his age. On the Sunday after his decease Bishop Burnet preached at the cathedral, and bePan his sermon with saying, ' Death has