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, The P R E FAC È. that' what-Spenser there, says, 'if it teľate at all to Shakepeare, mụst hint at gust raken: or the Willy, there mention d, must relate to some other favourite Poet i believe, we may safely derermine that he had not quitred in the Year 1610. Fot in his Temour Author makes

s mention 1646 muda Ilands, which were unknown to the Engif, till, in 1609, Sir John Summers made a Voyage to North-America, and discover'd

them and afterwards Countrymen to settle a Plantation there.

That he became the private Gentleman at least three Years before his Decease, is pretty obfrom that remarkable and well-known Story, which Mr. Rowe has given us of our

Author's Intimacy

with Mr. yohn Combe, an old Gencleman noted thereabouts for his Wealth and Ulury: and upon whom Shakespeare made the following facecious Epitaph,

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in his Antiquities of Warwickshire, is said 10 have dy'd in the Year 16

1614, and for whom at the upper End of the Quire, of the Guild of the Holy Cross at Stratford, a fair Monument is erected, having a Statue shereon cut in Alabaster, and in a Gown with this Epitaph. " Here lyeth entered the Body

of John Combe Esq; who dy'd the joch of « July, 1614, who bequeathed several An

nual Charities to the Parish of Stratford, * and 1091, to bę lent to fifteen poor Tradel

men from three years to three years, chan

ging, the Parties every third Year, at the “ Rate of fifty Shillings per Annum, the In* creale to be distributed to the Almes-poor " there." The Donation has all the Air of a rich and fagacious Ulurer.

Shakespeare himself did not survive Mr. Combe long, for he dy'd in the Year 1616, the 53d of his Age. He lies buried on the North Side of the Chancel in the Church at Stratford;

where a Monument, decent enough for the Timę, is erected to him, and plac'd against the Wall. He is represented under an Archl in a fitting Posture, a Cushi

spread before him, with a Penini his Right Hand, and his Left rested on a Scrowl of Paper. The Latin Diftich, whi is placed under the Cushion, rhas been given us by

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of the Town Stratford was consumed by Fire, but our Shakespeare's House, among some others, efcap the Flames. This House was first built by Sir Hugh Clopton, a younger Brother of ancient Family in that Neighbourhood, who took their Name from the Manor of Clopton. Sir Hugh was Sheriff of London in the

Reign of Richard III and Lord Mayor in the Reign of King Henry VII. To this Gentleman the Town of Stratford is, indebted for the fine Stone-bridge, consisting of fourteen Arches, which at an extraordinary Expence he built over the Avon, together with a Cause-way running at the West-end thereof;

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as also for rebuilding the Chapel adjoining to his House and the Cross-Ile in the Church cherè. It is remarkable of chim; that, tho' he liv’d, and dy'da Batchelor, among the other extensive Charities which he left both to the, City of London and Tewo of Stratford, he bequeach'd considerable Legacies for the Mara riage of poor Maidens of good Name and Fare both in London and ac Stratford. Notwithstanding which large Donacions in his Life and Bequests at his Death, as he had purchased the Manor of Clopton, and all the Eltace of the Family, so he left the same again to his Elder, Brother's Son with a very great Additions da Proof, how well Beneficence and Oeconomy may walk hand in hand in wife Famílies:) Good part of which Estate

e is yet in the Poffeffion of Edward Clopton, Esq; and Sir Hugh Clopton, Kne. lineally descended from the Elder Brocher of the first Sir Hugh: Who particularly bequeath. ed to his Nephew, by his Will

, his Houses Name of his Great-house in Stratford. The Eftate had now been sold out t of the Clopton Family for above a Century, at the Time when Shakespeare, became the Purchaser: who, having repair’d and modell’d it to his own Mind, chang’d the Name to New-places which the Manhon-house, since erected upon the fame Spot, at this day retains. The House and Lands, which attended it, .can. tinued in Shakespeare's Descendants to the

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Times of lithe Restorations when they were repurchafed by the Clopton Family and the Mansion now belongs to Sir Hugh Clapton, Knt. To the Favour-cof this worthy Gentleman I Honour of our Poet's conce Dwelling-houfel! of whith, il presume, Mr.Rowla nevet was appriz'dari When the Civil War raged in Eingland, and K. Charles the Firsts Queeh wasi driven by the Neceffity of Affairs colimake a Recess in Warwickshire, She kepti hop Court for three weeks in New-places We may dear? fonably suppose itchenahe best priyate House in the Town; and her Majesty preferr'd it to the College, which was ini vthe: Possession of the Combe-Family, who did not so strongly favour the King's Party. 15 u911964 gigit om

How much our Author employd himself in Poetry, after his wRetirement from the Scage, does not so evidently appear: \Very few posthumous Sketches of his Pen have been recover'd to ascertain that point. We have been told, indeed, in Print, but not cith very lately, That two farge Chefts full of this Great Man's loose Papers and Manufcripts, in the Hands of an ignorant Baker of Warwick, (who married one of the Descendants from our Shakespeare) were carclefly Scatter'd and thrown about, as Garret-Lumber, and Litter, to the particular Knowledge of the late Sir William Bishop, , till they were all consumed in the general Fire and Destruction of that.

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