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 Benbow (Admiral),Bench. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A sot, generous, free, idle, and always hanging about the ale-house. He inherited a good estate, spent it all, and ended life in the workhouse. The tale is in Crabbe’s Borough.   1
“Benbow, a boon companion, long approved
By jovial sets, and (as he thought) beloved,
Was judged as one to joy and friendship prone,
And deemed injurious to himself alone.”
Letter xvi.

 Benbow (Admiral),Bench. 

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