om 1796 at least to 1800, the world continued guessing at who could be the author. Amongst the names to which the poem was ascribed were those of Anstey, Colman, Jun., Coombe, Cumberland, Harry Dampier, Goodall, Hudderford, Knapp, MATHIAS, Mansell, Wrangham, Stephen Weston, and many others, chiefly Etonians. George Steevens, it is believed, fixed upon the real author at an early period: at least in the _St. James's Chronicle_, from Tuesday, May 1. to Thursday, May 3. 1798, we find--
"THE PURSUER OF LITERATURE PURSUED
"Hic niger est.
"With learned jargon and conceit, With tongue as prompt to lie as The veriest mountebank and cheat, Steps forth the black ----.
"At first the world was all astounded, Some said it was _Elias_; But when the riddle was expounded, 'Twas little black ----.
"This labour'd work would seem the job Of hundred-handed _Gyas_; But proves to issue from the nob Of little black ----.
"Through learned shoals of garbled Greek