1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Spence

Samuel Johnson, 1773; Boswell, Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides (1786); Life of Johnson, ed. G. B. Hill (1891) 5:360-61.



At Captain M'Lean's, I mentioned Pope's friend, Spence. JOHNSON. "He was a weak conceited man." BOSWELL. "A good scholar, Sir?" JOHNSON. "Why, no, Sir." BOSWELL. "He was a pretty scholar." JOHNSON. "You have about reached him."