Page:Dictionary of National Biography volume 43.djvu/34

From Wikisource
Jump to: navigation, search
This page needs to be proofread.

Latin was by another hand. It was included, both in English and Latin, in Bohn's edition of ‘Addison's Works,’ vi. 599–604. Many versions from the Latin poets were included in the ‘Miscellanies’ of Pack.

The first volume in the British Museum of these ‘Miscellanies in Verse and Prose,’ which was printed by Curll, bears on the title-page the date of 1719, but the dedication by Pack to ‘Colonel William Stanhope, envoy-extraordinary and plenipotentiary at Madrid,’ is dated from London in June 1718. In it are translations from Tibullus and Propertius, and imitations of Horace and Virgil, with many poetic epistles to his friends. It also contains prose ‘essays on study and conversation’ in two letters to his friend, Captain David Campbell. The second edition of the ‘Miscellanies’ is dated in 1719, and there were added to it more translations, with the essay upon the Roman elegiac poets, the life of Atticus, the prologue to Sewell's ‘Tragedy of Sir Walter Raleigh,’ and the life of Wycherley. This memoir, a very meagre and unsatisfactory production, was prefixed in 1728 to an edition of the ‘Posthumous Works of Wm. Wycherley.’

Curll was faithful to Pack throughout his life, and in 1725 issued his ‘New Collection of Miscellanies in Prose and Verse,’ to which are prefixed ‘An Elegiac Epistle to Major Pack, signed W. Bond, Bury St. Edmunds, 1725,’ and several shorter pieces by various hands. It included a letter from Dennis ‘on some remarkable passages in the life of Mr. Wycherley,’ which was inserted in the first volume of the ‘Letters of John Dennis,’ 1721. Both sets of ‘Miscellanies’ were printed at Dublin in 1726, and there appeared in London in 1729 a posthumous volume of ‘The whole Works of Major R. Pack, in Prose and Verse, now collected into one volume,’ a copy of which is in the Dyce collection at the South Kensington Museum.

In March 1718–9 Curll advertised a poem by Pack, entitled ‘Morning,’ and priced at fourpence; and he printed in 1720 a tale called ‘Religion and Philosophy, with five other pieces. By Major Pack.’ Pack's prologue to Sewell's ‘Tragedy of Sir Walter Raleigh’ was deemed ‘excellent,’ and his epilogue to Southerne's ‘Spartan Dame’ was ‘very much admir'd’ (cf. Pope, Works, 1872 ed. viii. 109). Lines to Pack by Sewell are in Sewell's ‘New Collection’ (1720), in his ‘Poems’ (1719), and his ‘Posthumous Works’ (1728). Some of them, including a second set, written to him ‘at St. Edmonds-Bury, at the decline of the South-Sea’ (1722), are printed in Nichols's ‘Collection of Poems’ (vii. 145–9); and two of Pack's poems are inserted in Southey's ‘Specimens of the Later English Poets’ (i. 266–70).

The ‘Letter from a supposed Nun in Portugal to a Gentleman in France, by Colonel Pack,’ which was added to a volume of ‘Letters written by Mrs. Manley, 1696,’ and reissued in 1725 as ‘A Stage-coach Journey to Exeter, by Mrs. Manley, with the Force of Love, or the Nun's Complaint, by the Hon. Colonel Pack,’ has been attributed to him, but the date on the first volume and the description of the author render the ascription improbable.

[Jacob's Poets, ii. 128–31; Cibber's Poets, iv. 77–80; Foster's Alumni Oxon.; Robinson's Merchant Taylors, i. 331; Notes and Queries, 3rd ser. v. 118, ix. 311–12; Curll's Miscellanea, 1729; Pack's Works.]

W. P. C.

PACKE, Sir CHRISTOPHER (1593?–1682), lord mayor of London, son of Thomas Packe of Kettering or Grafton, Northamptonshire, by Catherine his wife, was born about 1593. He seems to have been apprenticed at an early age to one John Kendrick, who died in 1624, and left him a legacy of 100l. Packe married a kinswoman of his master Kendrick, set up in business in the woollen trade on his own account, and soon amassed a large fortune. He was an influential member of the Drapers' Company, of which he became a freeman, and he served the office of master in 1648. On 9 Oct. 1646, by an ordinance of parliament, he was appointed a trustee for applying the bishops' lands to the use of the Commonwealth (Husband, Collection of Publicke Orders, 1646, 922–5). His connection with municipal affairs began on 4 Oct. 1647, when he was elected alderman of Cripplegate ward. On midsummer day 1649 he was chosen one of the sheriffs of London and Middlesex, and on 2 Oct. following was elected alderman of Cornhill, but declined to desert Cripplegate ward (City Records, ‘Repertory,’ Reynardson and Andrews, fol. 504 b). His wealth, ability, and zeal for the parliamentary cause soon brought him extensive public employment. In 1649, and perhaps earlier, he was one of the commissioners of customs (State Papers, Dom. 1650, p. 611). He was also a prominent member, and subsequently governor, of the Company of Merchant Adventurers, and probably on this account was frequently appointed, with other aldermen, to advise the council in commercial controversies (ib. 1653–1654 pp. 64–5, 1654 pp. 148, 315, 1655–6 pp. 176, 316, 523). According to Thomas Burton's ‘Diary’ (1828, i. 308–10), Packe fought hard at the meeting of the committee of trade on 6 Jan. 1656–7 for the monopoly of the Merchants Adventurers (of which he