1832 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry Boyd

James Wilson, in "The Life of the Author" Biography of the Blind (1832; 1838) lvi.



The circle of my acquaintance was at this time greatly enlarged, and I had the honour of ranking among my friends some of the most distinguished characters in this country. Among these was Dr. Percy, Bishop of Dromore. This great man was the last of that illustrious school of which Johnson, Goldsmith, and Burke, were members; his fine taste and literary talents were accompanied by sweetness of temper and a benevolent disposition. From the Rev. H. Boyd, (a gentleman well known in the literary world as the translator of the Italian Poet, Dante, and author of some other original works of great merit,) I received the most marked attention. His kindness and that of his family, indeed, I cannot easily forget; on several occasions he has rendered me very essential services, and it yields me no small degree of pleasure to reflect, that I still enjoy the friendship of a man as eminently distinguished for his virtues as for his talents.