1872 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Broome

Whitwell Elwin, Note in Works of Pope, ed. Elwin and Courthope (1871-1889) 8:30n.



Broome was one year younger than Pope. He was the son of a farmer at Haslington in Cheshire, and was baptised May 3, 1689. His friends had interest enough to get him on the foundation at Eton, and from Eton he went in 1708 to Cambridge, where he was admitted a subsizar, which was an endowed office that imposed upon him menial functions, and was an evidence that he was poor. He took his B.A. degree in 1712, entered into orders, and ultimately became the holder of three rectories and a vicarage. He had the character of being a good Greek scholar, had conjointly with Ozell and Oldisworth translated the Iliad into prose, and from his passion for writing verses was familiarly called Poet by his college companions. All these circumstances were calculated to draw him and Pope together at the period of their becoming acquainted. Their first meeting was at the house of Sir John Cotton, who lived in the village of Madingly, adjoining Cambridge, and who married a sister of Pope's friend, Craggs.