1763 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Christopher Smart

William Mason to Thomas Gray, 28 June 1763; Correspondence of Gray and Mason ed. John Mitford (1853) 309-10.



I have got about ten subscribers to Smart, and do not know how to transmit him the money. Stonhewer advises me to keep it, as he hears he is in somebody's hands who may cheat him. I have seen his Song to David, and from thence conclude him as mad as ever. But this I mention only that one should endeavour to assist him as effectually as possible, which one cannot do without the mediation of a third person. If you know anybody now in London (for Stonhewer has left it) whom I can write to on this subject, pray tell me. It is said in the papers he is prosecuting the people who confined him; if so, assisting him at present is only throwing one's money to the lawyers. Give my love to Mr. Brown and service to the college.

Yours most sincerely,

W. MASON.