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Samuel Madden (23 December 1686 - 31 December 1765) was an Irish author. His works include Themistocles; The Lover of His Country, Reflections and Resolutions Proper for the Gentlemen of Ireland, and Memoirs of the Twentieth Century. Dr. Samuel Johnson wrote of him, "His was a name which Ireland ought to honour." He suggested that the Royal Dublin Society initiate a scheme to fund improvements in agriculture and arts in Ireland via the use of premiums - the source of his nickname Premium.
Rev. Samuel Madden, D.D., commonly called "Premium" Madden, was born on December 23, 1686, in Dublin, Ireland. His father was John Madden, and his mother was Mary Molyneux.
In 1729, he wrote a tragedy entitled Themistocles, the Lover of His Country.
In 1738, he wrote his most famous work, Reflections and Resolutions Proper for the Gentlemen of Ireland, in which he described the poor living conditions in Ireland at the time.
Samuel Madden died on December 31, 1765, at age 79.
Themistocles, The Lover of His Country. A Tragedy. As it is Acted at the Theatre-Royal, in Lincoln's-Inn-Fields (1729)
Memoirs of the twentieth century,: Being original letters of state under George the Sixth (1733)
Reflections and Resolutions Proper for the Gentlemen of Ireland, as to their Conduct for the Service of their Country, as Landlords, as Masters of Families, as Protestants, as Descended from British Ancestors, as Country Gentlemen and Farmers, as Justices of the Peace, as Merchants, as Members of Parliament (1738)