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Royal Tunbridge Wells
a certain amount of the public attention from him. "I go to bed at eleven, rise at seven, drink no malt, and think of nothing," the actor-dramatist-manager wrote. " Old Gibber is here and very merry we are. Mr. Lyttelton and I are cup and can. I played at E.O. and won. I don't dance, and eat like a plough­man." Gilbert West, the poet commemorated by Johnson, was at " The Wells " in 1751, and more than once afterwards. Dr. William King, the author of Political and Literary Anec­dotes of his own Times, was there seven years later," when he met the famous oculist, " Chevalier " Taylor, whom, in common with the rest of the world, he dubbed " Charlatan." Taylor inspired many pasquinades, and was the subject of some verses at Tunbridge, in which the anonymous bard contrived to pay compliments to the reigning toasts :—
ON DR. TAYLOR
WHO CAME TO TUNBRIDGE WELLS IN THE YEAR 1758
"Great Taylor comes, loud Rumour cries: Ladies, fear not he'll harm you; Too full of arrows are your eyes, He means but to disarm you.
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