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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.
THE pen of biography cannot be better en ployed, 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 himself 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
cus, and making breach upon bředch-upon us, and has fiow
carried away the head of this body..with a spoke ; so that? he, whom you saw a week ago distributing the bolj mys teries is now laid in the dust. But we still lives in the
many excellent directions he has left us; both how to live. " and how to die.”..
:: Our author, who was an only sons was born at his father's rectory, in 1681, and received the first part of his educations (as his Tather had formerly done) at Winchester College ; from whence, 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.retnoved to Corpus Christi. In 1708, Archbishop-Tennison hordinated him to a " law fellowship at All Souls, where, in 1714, he took the de gree of Bachelor of Civil Law, and five yeărs, afterward' that's of Doctor. .
Between the acquisition of these academic Honours, Young was appointed to speakthe Latin Oration on the foundation gf the Codrington Library, which he afterwards printed, with
a delication to the Ladies of that family, in English. . In this part of his life, qur author is said not to have beeta":
that ornament: ta Virtue and religion which he afterwards Be came. This is easy to be accartnted for. He had been released frgm, parental authority by his father's death ; and his gentis and danversation had introduced him to the notice of the witty aud profligate Duke of Wharton*, and his gay compa:
jons, by whom his finances might be improved, but not bis 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 possessed 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 Parlia. .: meet, but without success, and the expences were paid by Wharton.