1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

David Mallet

James Robertson, in "Memorandums of Thomson" The Bee 6 (21 December 1791) 284.



Q. "Thomson, I think, was very intimate with David Mallet, the editor of Bolinbroke?" Sir, that person's name was properly Malloch; but I used to call him Molloch in our festive moments, and Thomson enjoyed the jest. Sir, he had not Thomson's heart. — He was not sound at the core; he made a cat's paw of Thomson, and I did not like the man on that account.