1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Oldys

Anonymous, "William Oldys" Monthly Mirror 12 (July 1801) 19.



Oldys, — the Historian, — having been for several years in the Fleet Prison, had contracted such habits and connections there, that, when he was at length enlarged, he made it a frequent practice to spend his evenings there, and lodge with some friend all night. Rapping at the door one night, rather late, the keeper reprimanded him for giving him such constant trouble, adding that, "though he had a great regard for him, yet if he kept such hours in future, he must be under the necessity of locking him out."