1746 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Thomson

Alexander Carlyle, 1746; in Autobiography of Dr. Alexander Carlyle (1910) 205-06.



Of the literary people I met with at this time in London, I must not forget Thomson the poet and Dr. Armstrong. Dickson had come to London from Leyden with his degree of M.D., and had been introduced to Armstrong, who was his countryman. A party was formed at the Ducie Tavern at Temple Bar, where the company were Armstrong, Dickson, and Andrew Millar, with Murdoch his friend. Thomson came at last, and disappointed me both by his appearance and conversation. Armstrong bore him down, having got into his sarcastical vein by the wine he had drunk before Thomson joined us.