1738 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Philips

Anonymous, in "The Apotheosis of Milton" Gentleman's Magazine (October 1738) 521.



The next who came in was a young Man of a very academical Air, who seem'd to be mighty good humour'd; he held an empty Purse in his Hand; with which he appear'd highly diverted; his Waistcoat was of a Garden Stuff, and suited him extremely well, but his upper Vestment, which resembled an Officer's regimental Coat, made a ridiculous enough Appearance, and what added to it was, that he wore his Sword by his Right Side. I observ'd Prior come gently up and whisper somewhat in his Ear, which I suppose was to desire him to rectify that Solecism in Dress. That young, Man, said my Guide, is Mr. John Philips, happy in his jocular Vein, and in his Imitation of Milton's Stile.