1832 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Brown

John Taylor Esq., in Records of my Life (1832) 1:85.



[Dr. Messenger] Monsey had a great contempt for Warburton, whose learning he distrusted, and whose abilities he despised. He told me that he once dined at Garrick's with Warburton and Dr. Brown, the author of An Estimate of the Manners of the Times, of An Essay on the Characteristics of Shaftesbury, and of the tragedy of Barbarossa. He also wrote a poem of the death of Pope, forming a sort of parody on The Essay on Man, which Warburton introduced into his edition of Pope's works. Brown was a more obsequious parasite to Warburton than even Bishop Hurd was reported to have been. After the dinner, and during the wine, Garrick said, partly in earnest and partly in jest, "Now, Monsey, don't indulge in your usual freedom, but let us be a little serious." — "Oh!" said Brown, "you may be sure that Monsey will restrain his strange humour before Dr. Warburton, as he is afraid of him." Monsey said that he waited a moment or two, to hear whether Warburton would say anything in rebuke to Brown, and ask why Dr. Monsey should be afraid of him; but as Warburton maintained a kind of proud silence, Monsey said, "No, sir, I am neither afraid of Dr. Warburton nor of his Jack-pudding." This sally produced a solemn pause, to the confusion of Garrick, who saw it was hopeless to restore good-humour, and the party soon broke up.