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Royal Tunbridge Wells
unmercifully." Many efforts were made to discover the authors, for the company as a whole felt itself outraged, since those who were not attacked tonight might, as likely as not, be the victims of tomorrow. The secret was, however, well kept; but the sus­picion of being responsible for some of the squibs fell upon a physician, described as "an old cynical, ill-tempered fellow, and much uglier than Colonel Chartres, Orator Henley,
or the d-----1." He may have been innocent,
in which case he is entitled to sympathy, because he was in the following verses severely castigated by one whose name has not tran­spired but is mentioned by Derrick as "a man of high position, remarkable for his wit and understanding "—
(To the tune of " God Save the King:')
" Dr. ------,
'Tis my advice to you,
Burn your lampoons; Or you will find it true, When you're beat black and blue, You will have cause to rue
Writing lampoons.
" Wit may correct abuse ; You have no such excuse
For your lampoons :
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