1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Matthew Pilkington

John Nichols, in Literary Anecdotes of the XVIII Century (1812-15) 1:485n.



By Dr. Swift's recommendation, Mr. Pilkington was made chaplain to Alderman Barber in his mayoralty. And to Mr. Pope the Dean thus speaks of him: "The Scheme of paying debts by a tax on vices is not one syllable mine, but of a young Clergyman whom I countenance; he told me, it was built upon a passage in Gulliver, where a projector hath something upon the same thought. This young man is the most hopeful we have: a book of his Poems was printed in London. Dr. Delany is one of his patrons. He is married, and has children; and makes up about 100 a year, on which he lives decently. The utmost stretch of his ambition is, to gather up as much superfluous money as will give him a sight of you, and half an hour of your presence; after which he will return home in full satisfaction, and in proper time die in peace."