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Butler And Buckingham

Of Butler, the author of Hudibras--which Dr. Johnson terms "one of

those productions of which a nation may justly boast"--little further is

known than that his genius was not sufficient to rescue him from its

too frequent attendant, poverty; he lived in obscurity, and died in

want. Wycherley often represented to the Duke of Buckingham how well

Butler had deserved of the royal family by writing his inimitable

nd that it was a disgrace to the Court that a person of his

loyalty and genius should remain in obscurity and suffer the wants which

he did. The Duke, thus pressed, promised to recommend Butler to his

Majesty; and Wycherley, in hopes to keep his Grace steady to his word,

prevailed on him to fix a day when he might introduce the modest and

unfortunate poet to his new patron. The place of meeting fixed upon was

the "Roebuck." Butler and his friend attended punctually; the Duke

joined them, when, unluckily, the door of the room being open, his Grace

observed one of his acquaintances pass by with two ladies; on which he

immediately quitted his engagement, and from that time to the day of his

death poor Butler never derived the least benefit from his promise.

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