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THE SUSSEX MUSE.                          241
the country, but staying whilst his tailor made him a suit of clothes, he sickened of the plague, and was buried 29th August, 1625, in the same grave at St. Saviour's, Southwark, which already held his friend and partner, Beaumont.
Thomas Otway was born 3rd March, 1651-2, at Trotton, where his father, who left him "no inheritance but loyalty," was curate. The future dramatist was educated at Winchester School, and Christ Church, Oxford, but left the university without a degree. He made one appearance on the stage, and failing as an actor, became a dramatist. " Don Carlos" was successful, but Dryden's harsh criticism of it caused temporary estrangement between the two poets. Otway now produced comedies and farces as well as tragedies, and might probably have been a successful man, but for his intemperance. He had a hopeless passion for Mrs. Barry the actress, who was then the mistress of Lord Rochester, and treated the poet with scorn. He enlisted as a private soldier in the army that went to the Low Countries in 1678, but he returned a year later, thus abandon­ing the rank of lieutenant. The production in 1680 of "The Orphan" shewed a great advance
in his powers. After the appearance of " The
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