1680 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Fletcher

John Aubrey, in Brief Lives, 1669-1696; ed. Clark (1898) 1:254.



John Fletcher, invited to goe with a knight into Norfolke or Suffolke in the plague-time 1625, stayd but to make himself a suite of cloathes; fell sick of the plague, and dyed.

Mr. John Fletcher, poet: in the great plague, 1625, a knight of Norfolke (or Suffolke) invited him into the countrey. He stayed but to make himselfe a suite of cloathes, and while it was making, fell sick of the plague and dyed. This I had (1668) from his tayler, who is now a very old man, and clarke of St. Mary Overy's.