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have obtained too little notice ; he caught few drops of the golden shower, though he did not omit what flattery could perform. He was only made a Commissioner of the Lottery (1717), and, what did not much elevate his character, a Justice of the Peace.
The success of his first play must naturally dispose him to turn his hopes towards the stage : he did not however foon commit himself to the mercy of an audience, but contented himself with the fame already acquired, tiil after nine years he produced (1721) The Briton, a tragedy which, whatever was its reception, is now neglected; though one of the scenes, between Vanoc the British Prince and Valens the Roman General, is confessed to be written with great dramatick skill, animated by spirit truly poetical.
He had not been idle, though he had been filent; for he exhibited another tragedy the same year, on the story of Humpliry Duke of Gloucesler. This tragedy is only remembered by its title.
His happiest undertaking was of a paper called The Freethinker, in conjunction with associates, of whom one was Dr. Boulter, who, then only minister of a parish in Southwark, was of so much consequence to the government, that he was made first bishop of Bristol, and afterwards primate of Ireland, where his piety and his charity will be long honoured.
· It may easily be imagined that what was printed under the direction of Boulter would have nothing in it indecent or licentious; its title is to be understood as implying only freedom from unreasonable prejudice. It has been reprinted in volumes, but is little read; nor can impartial criticism recommend it as worthy of revival. · Boulter was not well qualified to write diurnal essays; but he knew how to practise the liberality of greatnefs and the fidelity of friendship. When he was advanced to the height of ecclefiaftical dignity, he did not forget the companion of his labours. Knowing Philips to be flenderly supported, he took him to Ireland, as partaker of his fortune; and, making him his secretary, added such preferments as enabled him to represent the county of Armagh in the Irish Parliament.
In December 1726 he was made secretary to the Lord Chancellor; and in August 1733 became judge of the Prerogative Court.
After the death of his patron he continued some years in Freland; but at last longing, as it seems, for his native country, he returned (1748) to London, having doubtless survived most of his friends and enemies, and among them his dreaded antagonist Pope. He found however the duke of Newcastle still living, and to him he dedicated his poems collected into a volume.
Having purchased an annuity of four hundred pounds, he now certainly hoped to pass some years of life in plenty and tranquillity; but his hope deceived him, he was struck with a pally, and died June 18, 1749, in his seventyeighth year.
Of his personal character all that I have heard is, that he was eminent for bravery and skill in the sword, and that in conversation he was solemn and pompous. He had great sensibility of censure, if judgemeiit may be made by a fingle story which I heard long ago from Mr. Ing, a gentleman of great eminence in Staf. fordshire. “ Philips,” said he, “ was s once at table, when I asked him, How 6 came thy king of Epirus to drive