1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Gifford

Anonymous, "A Rencontre: Gifford and Peter Pindar" The Morning Chronicle (19 August 1800).



A rencontre took place yesterday in the shop of Mr. Wright, the bookseller, between the celebrated Peter Pindar and Mr. Giffard, author of the Baviad. We need not inform our literary readers that in reply to the many sarcasms thrown out by Peter Pindar against the Author of the Baviad and other poems, Mr. Giffard lately published a severe and keen satire against Peter. In a second edition an allusion is made of a kind too gross for decency to record. This literary combat yesterday produced blows. Dr. Wolcot went into the shop of Mr. Wright, where Mr. Giffard was seated reading a newspaper, he asked him if his name was not Giffard? He replied in the affirmative. Upon which the Dr. aimed a blow at his brother poet with a cane, which Mr. Giffard dexterously warded off, wrested the cane from Peter, and in an instant broke the head of his assailant with his own stick. M. Peltier and another Gentleman, who were present, intervened, and Peter, with a bloody sconce, was thrust into the street, where a Mob collected, to whom he made his appeal. He had lost his hat in the affray, which was thrown out to him; but the Poet of the Baviad kept possession of the cane as a trophy of his triumph. Peter having thus failed wreaking his vengeance by blows, means to attack his enemy with the weapon at which he is more dexterous. He has announced what he calls A Cut at the Cobler.