1759 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Dodsley

Thomas Gray to William Mason, 18 January 1759; Correspondence of Thomas Gray and William Mason, ed. John Mitford (1853) 168-69.



I have little to say from hence but that Cleone has succeeded very well at Covent Garden, and that people who despised it in manuscript went to see it, and confess — they cried so. For fear of crying too I did not go. Poor Smart is not dead, as was said, and Merope [by Aaron Hill] is acted for his benefit this week, with a new farce, "The Guardian."