1768 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bonnell Thornton

Anonymous, Obituary notice in St. James's Chronicle (12 May 1768).



Monday, at his House in Orchard-Street, Westminster, Bonnell Thornton, Esq. Alas! poor Thornton! — All who have conceived a Love and Esteem for the two celebrated Authors of the Connoisseur, will be sensibly affected by the Loss of one in whose Company they have spent so many agreeable Hours. Those who have conversed with him as a Scholar, who have admired his fine Taste and sound Judgment, whom his Wit and Humour have delighted, who have been happy with him in the social Hours, must feel a bitter Pang, but what must they feel whose more intimate Connection shewed them a noble Benevolence of Mind, a generous Warmth of Heart, an exquisite Sensibility, and how much he used to feel when he had lost a Friend.