Birth: 1689 - Circa
Place or Registered Place of Birth: Little Gaddesden, Hertfordshire
Baptism: Not Known
Place of Baptism: Not Known
Death: 4 February 1742
Place or Registered Place of Death: West Drayton, near Uxbridge, Middlesex
Date of Burial: 19 February 1742
Place of Burial: Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, Middlesex
Father: Henry Paget
Mother: Mary Catesby
Spouse(s): Elizabeth Egerton
Date of Marriage: 6 May 1718
Place or Registered Place of Marriage: Gray's Inn Chapel, London, Middlesex
Thomas Catesby Paget, Lord Paget (d. 1742), was one of the gentlemen of the bedchamber to the Prince of Wales, and on the latter's accession to the throne as George II was, on 4 July 1727, continued in the same post. He was elected M.P. for Staffordshire on 3 Feb. 1714-15 and on 22 March 1721-2. He died at Drayton, near Uxbridge, Middlesex, in January 1741-1742. By his marriage at Gray's Inn Chapel, on 3 May 1718, to Elizabeth, second daughter of John, third earl of Bridgwater (Foster, Reg. Gray's Inn, p. Ixxvi), he had two sons, Henry and George (1721-1737). During the interval of bad weather in hunting seasons, Paget composed for his own amusement sundry pieces in verse and prose. Such were: 1. 'An Essay on Human Life,' 4to, London (1734); a close imitation of Pope. Two third editions in 1736, 8vo and 12mo, profess to be 'corrected and much enlarg'd by the author,' who is described in one of them to be the author of the then anonymous 'Essay on Man' (cf. POPE, Works, ed. Elwin and Courthope, ii. 262). Under this pretext, Paget's 'Essay on Human Life' was printed in a supplement to the 'Works' of Pope in 1757. 2. 'An Epistle to Mr. Pope, in Anti-heroics,' 4to, London, 1737. 3. 'Some Reflections upon the Administration of Government' (anon.), 8vo, London, 1740. His writings were collected in a volume entitled 'Miscellanies in Prose and Verse,' 8vo, London, 1741, now very scarce (Walpole, Royal and Noble Authors, ed. Park, iv. 177-80). Paget's letters to his mother and father are in Addit. MS. 8880, f. 151.
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Thomas, Lord Paget, eldest son of the earl of Uxbridge, who survived him, published some pieces, particularly "An Essay on human Life," in verse, 1734, 4to., "Some Reflections upon the Administration of Government:" a pamphlet, 1740. In both these pieces there is much good sense. The former is written in imitation of Pope's ethic epistle, and has good lines, but not much poetry. He wrote other poems and essays, all which he collected into one volume 8vo. of which only a few copies were printed to give away.
(Thomas Catesby, lord Paget, was son to Henry, first earl of Uxbridge, by Mary, daughter and co-heir to Thomas Catesby, esq. of Whiston, in the county of Northampton. Lord Paget was member for the county of Stafford in two parliaments; a lord of the bedchamber to the prince of Wales, and on his accession to the throne as George the second, was continued in the same post. He died at Drayton, near Uxbridge, in January 1742, about eighteen months before his father; so that he is to be regarded as one of those presumptive peers whom lord Orford has "called up by writ."
His lordship's volume of "Miscellanies in Prose and Verse" was printed a year before his death, and being far less easy of attainment than his didascalic Essay, a copy has been resorted to in the library of Mr. Bindley for the sake of procuring the subsequent extracts. The volume is divided into prose and poetry. The prose essays consist of,
"Some Reflections upon the Administration of Government;-on History;-on a bad Disposition of Mind;-on Reason;-on Women; on publick Spirit; -Advice from a Guardian;-and familiar Letters."
The poetry consists of the Essay on human Life ; and miscellaneous Verses-from which the following have been taken, as they offer a diversity of extract, in a measure since made popular by mirth-moving Anstey.
"The Honest Englishman's Wish.
"From bad health, and bad weather, and party's dull strife,
From an insolent miss and a troublesome wife,
From the kindred of such, or by father or mother,
Who most wisely delight in plaguing each other;
From noisy companions and brew'd tavern wines,
From the wretch who can cant, when he mischief designs;
From the dealers in wit, full of scandal and lies,
From a friend who betrays while he seems to advise;
From a wrong-headed race of mean, narrow-soul'd fools,
Who are fond of their fleecers and proud of being tools ;
From curses like these, if kind Heaven defends me,
I will never complain of the fortune it sends me.
May good sense and good nature be my honest praise,
And I envy not great ones the millions they raise."
"What follies are all the engagements of life,
The dear friend, the dear kinsman, and much dearer wife!
Experience will shew-they alike can betray,
And act the same part, though a different way.
They wish you full well; but amidst all their canting,
They must own on your side there is still something wanting:
Some failings there are which they cannot disguise.
For flattery all honest people despise.
If affairs go on well-what a strange lucky man !
If ill-'t is your fault, do whatever you can :
You 're too gay or too dull, too foolish or wise,
How much better 't would be did you let them advise.
Each then with their counsels might mix their own ends
Be good kindred to you, to themselves be good friends :
And who would repine to be cheated of pelf,
When it goes to another as dear as himself?"
"Conquest and glory are the warrior's aim,
He throws at all, and stakes his life for fame;
Thoughtless how few against such odds succeed,
Where one is chronicled, whilst thousands bleed.
The wily courtier lays his crafty schemes,
And barters real wealth for golden dreams;
Deckt with false colours, and in tinsel brave,
To govern others, makes himself a slave.
The painful student spends his sleepless nights,
And fancies he's immortal if he writes;
Fond of applause, he wastes his span of days,
Nor thinks of envy, whilst he looks for praise.
Wise men and fools thus share an equal fate,
These never knew their errors-those, too late."}
An advertisement says, these pieces were composed for the noble author's own amusement in the country, during intervals of bad weather, in hunting seasons, and (excepting such as had, it seems, been already printed) were never design'd for publication: but having been communicated to a few persons, they took air and were talk'd of abroad, which drew upon his lordship some importunity to publish them." Lord Paget, it is said, could not at first be prevailed upon to consent, but was brought at length to compound the matter, by permitting that a few copies should be printed for the private use of himself and his intimate friends.
Colonel Thomas Catesby Paget