1832 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir James Bland Burges

John Taylor Esq., in Records of my Life (1832) 2:163.



Jackson [one of the king's chaplain's] was generally known by the designation of "Con." Jackson, an abridgment of "consequential," on account of the affected dignity of his deportment, and the manner in which he larded his conversation with the names of his noble connexions. My late friend Sir James Bland, who omitted his former name of Burgess, wrote a very humorous tale respecting this Dr. Jackson, entitled "The Bishop's Wig," founded on a report that the doctor had ordered a wig in expectation that he should obtain a mitre through the influence of his patron the Duke of Leeds. Sir James had written many other humorous productions of the same description, and I was not a little gratified, when, referring to my tale of "Monsieur Tonson," he addressed me once in company, and sportively said, "Ah! Taylor, nobody can write tales but you and I."