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FRENCH, David, scholar, born in Delaware in 1700; died at New Castle, Pennsylvania, 23 August 1742. He was the son of Colonel John French, who was well known in the Delaware counties, as they were then called. Between 1720 and 1730 he wrote six poetical translations, which were printed in the lyric works of John Parke, an early poet of Pennsylvania (1786). Two of these translations are from the elegies of Ovid and four from the odes of Anacreon. Parke inserts them with the remark: " These poems were consigned to oblivion, through the obliterating medium of rats and moths, under the sequestered canopy of an antiquated trunk." In the records of his death and burial in Chester Church he is described as "prothonotary of the 1 " court at New Castle.
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