1736 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Savage

Aaron Hill to James Thomson, 20 May 1736; in Hill, Works (1753) 1:237.



Your good nature was justly and generously employed, in the mention you make of poor Mr. Savage: — It is a long time, since I saw him: I have been told, some of his friends make complaints of certain little effects of a spleen in his temper, which he is no more able to help, and should, therefore, no more be accountable for, than the misfortunes, to which, in all likelihood, his constitution may have owed it, originally. It is pity, methinks, there is nobody to be found near the king, who has weight enough, and will enough, to put him effectually in mind, that the singular care of this unfortunate son of a nobleman, born in wedlock, to inherit the estate and title, and prevented in both, by the extraordinary interposition of a parliamentary power, without reserve of subsistence assigned him, seems to leave him the most equitable right in the world, to such a pension from the crown, as might put him above those mortifications in life, which, no doubt, must have sowered his disposition, and given the unreflecting part of his acquaintance, occasion to complain, now and then, of his behaviour.