1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Boyse

John Nichols, in Literary Anecdotes of the XVIII Century (1812-15) 9:777.



He had very little learning; but wrote verse with great facility, as fast as most men write prose. He was constantly employed by Mr. Cave [of the Gentleman's Magazine] who paid him by the hundred lines, which, after a while his employer wanted to make what is called the "long" hundred. — A late Collector of Poems (Mr. Giles) says, he was informed by Mr. Sandby the Bookseller, that this unhappy man at last was found dead in his bed, with a pen in his hand, and in the act of writing.... This circumstance Dr. Johnson assured me was not true.