(?1786–1872) A successful dramatist, who also produced poems and essays and wrote for many years for the New Monthly Magazine. His comedies and farces were produced at Drury Lane, Covent Garden, and the Haymarket, with Charles Kemble and other well-known actors. There were few years between 1813 and 1829 when no play of his was produced. The most successful were Paul Pry (1825), ‘Twixt the Cup and the Lip (1826), and Lodgings for a Single Gentleman (1829). Later in his life Charles Dickens obtained him a state pension of £100 p.a.
From The Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.