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Royal Tunbridge Wells
Cabinet," who has his niche in history because of Mason's Ode, beginning—
" Illustrious Pinchbeck ! condescend, Thou well-belov'd, and best King's Friend, These lyric lines to view."
There is no record of how Pinchbeck's quarrel at Tunbridge Wells ended, but the mention of it shows that the office of Master of the Cere­monies was still at that date held in respect. Of those who, after Blake, accepted the office, scarcely any particulars have been handed down, and only their names survive. The order of succession was Richard Tyson, who issued a code of rules accepted by those who followed him; Fotheringham; Paul Amsinck, who in 1810 published a book on Tunbridge Wells and its Neighbourhood, and was declared by Mary Berry to be " the only one of his kind I ever saw very like a gentleman, and not at all a coxcomb "; Eld. T. Roberts, who was in power in 1820; Captain Merry weather; and Lieutenant Madden, R.M., who may perhaps have been that William John Madden, Captain of Marines, the son of James Madden, of Cole Hill House, Fulham, Middlesex, the brother of General Sir George Allen Madden, 164
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