1912 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Williams

D. J. O'Donoghue, in Poets of Ireland (1912) 483.



JOHN WILLIAMS. — The Children of Thespis, a poem, part 1, Dublin, 1786, 8vo; part 2, Dublin, 1787, 8vo (both anonymous).

An Englishman, and an adventurer. Tom Moore, in his Diary, records the popular view of him in Kenney's joke that he died of a cold caught through washing his face. He was the well-known "Anthony Pasquin," and did at least one thing which entitles him to remembrance, namely, a small book on The Artists of Ireland, 1795, which, meagre as it is, is valuable. He was born in London on April 28, 1761. He was educated at Merchant Taylor's School, and went to Ireland while a young man, but got into trouble with the authorities there. He died in Brooklyn, New York, on November 23, 1818. He fell out with most of his associates, and seems to have been a professional libeller and blackmailer. There is a ferocious attack on him in Gifford's Baeviad and Maeviad.