wrote poems and fables but is best remembered as a dramatist. His first comedy, The Foundling (1748), may owe something to Richardson's Pamela; Gil Blas (1751) is a lively comedy of intrigue, the plot of which is taken from Lesage's Gil Blas of Santillane (iv. iii. et seq.). His most successful play was a domestic prose tragedy, The Gamester (1753), an exposure of the vice of gambling, through which the weak creature Beverley is lured to ruin and death by the villain Stukeley. It was adapted by Diderot.