1729 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Matthew Concanen

Richard Savage (as Iscariot Hackney), in An Author to be Lett (1729); Works of Richard Savage (1775) 2:268.



By the help of indexes, and technical dictionaries, I work on every branch of learning. I pore often over the volumes of State Tracts, whence I collect paragraphs, which I mix with remarks of my own, and range under several heads. Those against a discarded minister I send to the London Journal, or Concanen's Daily, or Weekly Papers. Concanen is a precious fellow! I once loved him for his ingratitude to Dean Swift: I now adore him for his dull humour, and malevolent blundering Billingsgate against my Lord Bolingbroke. Other paragraphs more virulent against a prime minister (for I naturally hate my superiors) are for my very good friend the Craftsman.