1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Tickell

Thomas Campbell, in Specimens of the British Poets (1819; 1845) 367.



THOMAS TICKELL, the son of the Rev. Richard Tickell, was born at Bridekirk, in Cumberland, studied at Oxford, and obtained a fellowship, which he vacated by marrying about his fortieth year. Though he sung the praises of peace when the Tories were negotiating with France, he seems, from the rest of his writings, and his close connexion with Addison, to have deserved the epithet of Whiggissimus, which Swift bestowed on him. His friendship with Addison lasted for life; he accompanied him to Ireland in the suite of Lord Sunderland, became his secretary when Addison was made Secretary of State, was left the charge of publishing his works, and prefixed to them his excellent elegy. He was afterward secretary to the lords justices of Ireland, a place which he held till his death.