1736 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Boyse

Samuel Johnson, 1736 ca.; in Boswell, Life of Johnson, 1791; ed. G. B. Hill (1891) 4:470-71n.



Among the early associates of Johnson, at St. John's Gate, was Samuel Boyse, well known by his ingenious productions; and not less noted for his imprudence. It was not unusual for Boyse to be a customer to the pawnbroker. On one of these occasions, Dr. Johnson collected a sum of money to redeem his friend's clothes, which in two days after were pawned again. "The sum" (said Johnson,) "was collected by sixpences, at a time when to me sixpence was a serious consideration."