1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James De La Cour

James Robertson, in "Memorandums of Thomson" The Bee 6 (21 December 1791) 287.



Mr. H. of Bristol he was once asked to dinner by Thomson, but could not attend; one of his friends who was there told him that there was a general stipulation agreed on by the whole company, that there should be no hard drinking. Thomson acquiesced, only requiring that each man should drink his bottle. The terms were accepted unconditionally, and when the cloth was removed, a three-quart bottle was set before each of his guests. Thomson had much of that agreeable humour. Mr. Aikman the painter, and Dr. de la Cour, a physician and ingenious writer, were intimate and beloved friends of Thomson.