Martin Clifford, master of the Charter-house, was a man of parts and a polite scholar; and lived in great intimacy with most of the wits of this reign. Dr. Sprat has dedicated to him his "Life of Cowley," who was their common friend. He was author of a "Treatise on Human Reason," and was one of those who were said to have a hand in "The Rehearsal," to which these verses in the "Session of the Poets" allude:
"Intelligence was brought, the court being fat,
That a play tripartite was very near made,
Where malicious Matt. Clifford, and spiritual Sprat,
Were join'd with their duke, a peer of the trade."
He is here and elsewhere called Matt. Clifford; but his name was undoubtedly Martin.
---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1775.
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.