1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Tickell

John Wilson Croker, Diary Entry, 11 January 1822; The Croker Papers, ed. Louis J. Jennings (1884) 1:225-26.



He [George IV] talked of Tickell, the author of "Anticipataion," and praised his talents highly. He said that Sheridan, his brother-in-law, was a little "refroidi" towards Tickell after the great success of "Anticipation." Tickell was in great distress and committed suicide by throwing himself out of a windo of his apartments at Hampton Court; the same Lord George Seymour now has: "the fall was so violent, that there was a hole a foot deep made by his head in the gravel walk." The King did not, he said, know much of Tickell, personally, but if he had known he was in distress he would have, at least, saved him from the necessity of such a catastrophe.

This led him to speak of "Anticipation," which he did con amore and quoted some of the speeches: by the way, it was this which introduced the mention of Tickell. The King quoted from "Anticipation" Lord Lansdowne's ridiculous quotations, and this brought on the rest of the conversation. Lady Conyngham had never read "Anticipation;" the King said he would have it looked out for her. The events and the piece were gone by, he said, but the wit and pleasantry of it never could fade. I, myself, doubt whether Lady C. will find either wit or pleasantry in it. She will read it like an old parliamentary debate.