1734 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Gay

Alexander Pope, 1734-36 ca.; in Spence, Anecdotes, Observations, and Characters ed. Singer (1820) 149-50.



A fortnight before Addison's death, Lord Warwick came to Gay, and pressed him in a very particular manner, "to go and see Mr. Addison;" which he had not done for a great while. Gay went, and found Addison in a very weak way. He received him in the kindest manner, and told him, "that he had desired this visit to beg his pardon: that he had injured him greatly; but that if he lived, he should find that he would make it up to him." Gay, on his going to Hanover, had great reason to hope for some good preferment; but all his views came to nothing. It is not impossible but that Mr. Addison might prevent them, from his thinking Gay too well with some of the great men of the former ministry. He did not at all explain himself, in what he had injured him, and Gay could not guess at any thing else, in which he could have injured him so considerably.