1714 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Richard Steele

Thomas Hearne, 23 March 1714; Reliquae Hearniae, ed. Bliss (1869) 1:296-97.



Richard Steel, esq. member of parliament, was on Thursday last, about 12 o'clock at night, expelled the house of commons for a roguish pamphlett called The Crisis, and for several other pamphletts, in which he hath abused the queen, &c. This Steel was formerly of Christ Church in Oxford, and afterwards of Merton college. He was a rakish, wild, drunken spark; but he got a good reputation by publishing a paper that come out daily, called The Tatler, and by another called The Spectator; but the most ingenious of these papers were written by Mr. Addison, and Dr. Swift, as 'tis reported. And when the two had left him, he appeared to be a mean, heavy, weak writer, as is sufficiently demonstrated in his papers called The Guardian, The Englishman, and The Lover. He now writes for bread, being involved in debt.