Mr. Garrard in a letter to Lord Strafford, dated Jan. 9, 1633, says, " I had almost forgot to tell your Lordship that the diceing-night the King carried away in James Palmer's hat 1850 pieces. 1 The Queen was his half and brought him that good luck; she shared presently 900." In Stone's accounts, from which I have given some extracts above, is mention of a monument for Palmer's wife. If these men add no great ornament to our list, it will at least be honoured by our next; the Hogarth of poetry was a painter too : I mean
the author of Hudibras. In his life prefixed to his works we are told, "That for his diversion he practised music and painting. I have seen," adds the writer, " some pictures said to be of his drawing 2 which remained in that family (of Mr. Jeffrey's), 3 which I mention not for the excellency of them, but to satisfy the reader of his early inclinations to that noble art ; for which also he was afterwards entirely beloved by Mr. Samuel Cooper, one of the most eminent painters of his time."____________________
However promising his early talent and inclination might have been for the profession of a painter, he must have relinquished it for other pursuits. Walpole has in several other instances admitted names, as of English painters, who, from no existing evidence, had ever extended the practice professionally, or for more than the gratification of themselves and friends.—D.