THE LIFE OF EDWARD MOORE.
OF the life of this ingenious writer few particulars are known, and none respecting his descent, birth, education, or death; at least none which we have been able to discover.
Mr. Moore was bred a linendraper, but whether from a stronger attachment to the study than the coun|ter, from a more ardent zeal in the pursuit of fame than in the search after fortune, or whether from the cause assigned by our Author himself in the Preface to the quarto edition of his works in 1756, that
As a dramatick writer Mr. Moore has by no means met with the success his pieces have merited, which are three in number, The Foundling and Gil Blas, comedies, and The Gamester, a tragedy. The first has been condemned for its supposed resemblance to the celebrated comedy of The Conscious Lovers; and The Gamester met with a cold reception for no other apparent reason but because it too nearly touched a favourite and fashionable vice†. Yet on the whole his plots are interesting, his characters well drawn, his sentiments delicate, and his language poetical and pleasing; and what crowns all and more forcibly claims for his Writings publick notice, the greatest purity pervades the whole, the obvious tendency of every piece being the promotion of morality and vir|tue; as is indeed observed by the Author himself in the Preface already referred to, when speaking of his Page vii Writings in general;
Mr. Moore married a lady of the name of Hamil|ton, daughter to the Tabledecker to the Princesses: she had a poetical turn, and has been said to have assist|ed her husband in the writing of his plays. One spe|cimen of her poetry was handed about before their marriage, and has since appeared in different collec|tions of songs. It was addressed to a daughter of the famous Stephen Duck, and begins with the following stanza:
In the year 1753 Mr. Moore commenced a weekly Page viii miscellaneous paper entitled The World, by Adam Fitz-Adam, in which undertaking he was assisted by Lord Chesterfield and other distinguished characters. This paper was collected and published in four vo|lumes; and Mr. Moore died soon thereafter.