1891 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William King of Oxford

George Birkbeck Hill, Note in Boswell, Life of Johnson (1791); ed. G. B. Hill (1891) 1:324n.



Dr. King (Anec. p. 196) says that he was one of the Jacobites who were presented to the Pretender when, in September 1750, he paid a stealthy visit to England. The Pretender in 1783 told Sir Horace Mann that he was in London in that very month and year and had met fifty of his friends, among whom was the Earl of Westmoreland, the future Chancellor of the University of Oxford. Mahon's England, iv. 11. Hume places the visit in 1753. Burton's Hume, ii. 462. See also in Boswell's Hebrides, the account of the Young Pretender. In 1754, writes Lord Shelburne, "Dr. King in his speech upon opening the Radcliffe Library at Oxford, before a full theatre introduced three times the word "Redeat," pausing each time for a considerable space, during which the most unbounded applause shook the theatre, which was filled with a body of peers, members of parliament, and men of property. Soon after the rebellion [of 1745], speaking of the Duke of Cumberland, he described him as a man, 'qui timet omnia praeter Deum.' I presented this same Dr. King to George III. in 1760." Fitzmaurice's Shelburne, 1. 35.