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v ERSE 132. Cook shall be Prior.] The man here specify'd was the son of a Moggletonian, who kept a Publick-house at Brainfree in Effix. He writ a thing can'd,The Battle of Poets, of which Philips and Wested were the heroes, and wherein our author was attack'd in his moral chara&er, in relation to his Homer and Shakespear: He writ moreover a Farce of Penelope, in the prefice, of which also he was squinted at: and some malevolent things in the British, London and Daily journals. His chief work was a translation of Hesiod, to which Theobald writ notes, and half-notes, as hath already been said.

VERSE ibid. JAnd Concanen, Swift.] Matthew Concanen, an Irishman, an anonymous slanderer, and publisher of other men's slanders,

articularly on Dr. Swift to whom he had obligations, and from whom

e had received both in a colle&ion of Poems for his benefit and otherwise, no small assistance ; To which Smedly (one of his brethren in enmity to Swift) alludes in his Metano. of Scriblers p. 7. accusin him of having “boasted of what he had not written, but others ha * revis'd and done for him.” He was also author of several scurril: ties in the British and London journals; and of a pamphlet call'd : Supplement to the Profund, wherein he deals very unfairly with our Pger, not only frequently blaming Mr. Broome's verses as his, (for which he might indeed seem in some degree accountable, having corre&ed what that gentleman did) but those of the Duke of Bufkinghaw, and others. To this rare piece, some-body humorously caus'd him to take for his motto, De roof”.

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