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AN HISTORICAL AND CRITICAL ACCOUNT
LIVES AND WRITINGS
MOST EMINENT PERSONS
IN EVERY NATION;
PARTICULARLY THE BRITISH AND IRISH;
FROM THE EARLIEST ACCOUNTS TO THE PRESENT TIME.
A NEW EDITION,
REVISED AND ENLARGED BY
ALEXANDER CHALMERS, F. S. A.
SAINTED FOR J. NICHOLS AND SON; F. C. AND J. RIVINGTON; T. PAYNE ;
NEW AND GENERAL
JEPHSON (Robert), the author of some dramas and poems of considerable merit, was a native of Ireland, where he was born in 1736. He appears to have profited by a liberal education, but entered early into the army, and attained the rank of captain in the 73d regiment of foot on the Irish establishment.
When that regiment was reduced in 1763, he was put on the half-pay list. In 1763 he became acquainted with the late William Gerard Hamilton, esq. who was charmed with his liveliness of fancy and uncommon talents, and for about five years they lived together in the greatest and most upreserved intimacy; Mr. Jephson usually spending the sumiver''vith Mr. Hamilton at his house at Hampton-codet; and also giving him much of his company in town during the winter. In 1767, Mr. Jephson married one of the daughters of Sir Eduard Barry, bart. a celebrated physician, and author of various medical works; and was obliged to bid a long farewell to his friends in London, Dr. Johnson, Mr. Burke, Mr. Charles Towósend, Garrick, Goldsmith, &c. in consequence of having accepted the office of master of the horse to lord viscount Townsend, then appointed lord lieutenant of Ireland. Mr. Hamilton also used his influence to procure Mr. Jephson a permanent provision on the Irish establishment, of 3001. a year, which the duke of Rutland, from personal regard, and a high admiration of Mr. Jephson's talents, increased to 600l. per annum, for the joint lives of himself and Mrs. Jephson. In addition to this prouf of bis kindness and esteem, Mr. Hamilton never ceased, without any kind of solicitation, to watch over Mr. Jephson's interest with the most lively solicituue; constantly applyVOL. XIX.