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have made in it after Mr. Harrison's death, which was in 1712. Mr. Tickell may be best able to give an account of that; and this hint may serve to justify him for not joining this play with Mr. Addison's works."
The Drummer has been several times reprinted since then, and generally without the letter to Congreve, and always without the important "Advertisement." It now may be useful to turn to the Mr. Harrison who is there named.
William Harrison was the son of Dr. Harrison, Master of St. Cross, Winchester, and was entered in the register of Winchester School, in 1698, when he was thirteen years old. He was famous as a youth for his power of extempore versification, which was then much in use at the school. Whilst there he wrote a satire on the Winchester ladies, and his poem on Woodstock Park was written soon after going to New College, Oxford, of which he became a Fellow. This poem drew from Addison the flattering remark that "This young man in his very first attempt has exceeded most of the best writers of his age." On the recommendation of Addison he became tutor to a son of the Duke of Queensberry, and whilst in the receipt of ^40 a year for his care of the young gentleman, he