Biography of Richard Dabney
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Dabney, Richard, was born in Louisa county, Virginia, in 1787, died there in November, 1825. His name was originally the same as that of the historian D'Aubigne. He applied himself to the acquisition of Latin, Greek and Italian, reaching a remarkable degree of proficiency in those languages, following the vocation of teaching in a school in Richmond. He was severely burned at the conflagration which destroyed the theatre in Richmond, in December, 1811. In 1812 he published a volume of "Poems, Original and Translated," of which an improved edition was printed in Philadelphia in 1815. The collection contained spirited translations from Euripides, Alcaeus, Sappho, Martial, Seneca and Petrarch. The second edition was published by Matthew Carey, who employed Dabney for a few years. Carey's political tract, called "The Olive Branch, or Faults on both Sides," is supposed to have been in great part written by Dabney. In a few years he returned to Virginia and taught a class of boys. He died as stated above, at the early age of thirty eight.


FROM:
Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
Volume II
By: Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York 1915



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