1795 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Smith

Robert Anderson, in Works of the British Poets (1795) 5:586.



In 1708, he published an elegiac Poem to the Memory of John Philips, his friend and fellow-collegian, which is justly esteemed among the best in our language. It appears from an invaluable fragment, transcribed by Dr. Johnson, from the Bodleian Manuscripts, that he intended to prefix A Prefatory Discourse to it, with a Character of his Writings. It is said, that a guinea was usually given by his friends for a single copy; and, as his acquaintance was numerous, it was a very profitable poem.