1735 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Hughes

Jonathan Swift to Alexander Pope, 1735 ca.; Works of Pope, ed. Warton (1797) 9:268-69.



A month ago were sent me over by a friend of mine, the works of John Hughes, Esq. They are in verse and prose. I never heard of the man in my life, yet I find your name as a subscriber too. He is too grave a Poet for me, and, I think, among the mediocribus in prose, as well as verse....

[Pope replied: To answer your question as to Mr. Hughes, what he wanted as to genius he made up as an honest man: but he was of the class you think him.]