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WITH THE LIFE OF THE AUTHOR.
Permit these Lines by thee iulivenor blame
TO SUPPOSED AUTHOT SPT
Why praise we, prodigal of fame,
This gentleman, well known to the world by the friendship and intimacy which sublisted between hini and Mr. Addison, was the son of the Rev. Richard Tickell, and was born in 1686 at Bridekirk in Cumberland. In 1701 he was sent to Queen's College Ox+ ford, in 1708 he was made Master of Arts, and in 1710 was chosen Fellow, for which, as he did not comply with the statutes by taking orders, he obtained a dif penfation from the Crown. In the 1726 he married at Dublin, and in that year vacated his Fellowship.
While he was at the university he wrote fome beautiful verses addressed to Mr. Addison on his opera of Rofamond, which so effectually recommended him to that gentleman that he held hii in esteem ever afterwards. He produced another piece of the sanie kind on Cato, but not with equal happiness.
When Mr. Addison went into Ireland as Secretary to Lord Sunderland he carried Tickell with him and employed him in business; and when he afterwards in the 1777 roseto be Secretary of State he conferred the place of Undersecretary on Mr. Tickell. On Mr. Addison's resigning the Secretaryship, Mr. Craggs who succeeded him continued Tickell in his place, which he held till that gentleman's death.
Mr. Addison being a diffident man consulted with