1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Percival Stockdale

John Mitford Esq., "Sheridan and Percival Stockdale" New Bon Ton Magazine 2 (February 1819) 198.



PERCIVAL STOCKDALE, a clergyman in the north, who wrote and published a huge quarto of scraps in rhyme, was dining one day at Earl Grey's in company with Sheridan; after dinner he handed Sheridan his volume, requesting his opinion thereon. Sheridan lightly scanned it over, wrote the following impromptu on the cover, and handed it back to the astonished clerical bard.

Tag, rag, and bobtail,
The mad works of Stockdale.

J. M.