Henry Jones

From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878

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Jones, Henry, a poet and dramatist of the 18th century, was born at Drogheda. While still a journeyman bricklayer in 1745, some poetry which he wrote secured him an introduction to the Earl of Chesterfield, then Lord-Lieutenant. This nobleman took him under his protection, brought him to London, introduced him to society, and prevailed on the managers of Covent Garden Theatre to bring out one of his plays, The Earl of Essex. With fair abilities and good friends, success was assured, were it not for his capricious temper and irregular life. He died in poverty, in a London garret, April 1770.

Sources

16. Authors, Dictionary of British and American: S. Austin Allibone. 3 vols. Philadelphia, 1859-'71.

36. Biographical Dictionary: William R. Cates. London, 1867.

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