1764 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Hughes

David Erskine Baker, in Companion to the Play-House (1764) 2:Sig. S4-S4v.



As a Man, the worthy Mention made of him by Numbers of his Cotemporary Writers, are sufficient to give us the most exalted Idea of his Virtues; and, as a Writer, no stronger Proof can be offer'd of the Esteem he was held in by the truest Judges of Poetry, than to mention that the great Mr. Addison, after having suffer'd the four first Acts of his Tragedy to lie by him for several Years, without putting the finishing Hand to the Piece, at length fix'd on Mr. Hughes, whom he earnestly persuaded to undertake the Task, as to add a fifth Act to it. — And though that Author afterwards thought proper to undertake it himself, yet it was by no Means from any Diffidence of this Gentleman's Abilities, but from the just Reflection that no one could have so perfect a Notion of his Design as himself, who had been so long and so carefully thinking of it.