1809 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Lyttelton

Percival Stockdale, in Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Percival Stockdale (1809) 2:43.



I sent a copy of my translation of the AMINTA, to the good, and notwithstanding JOHNSON'S unjust, and contemptuous treatment of him, to the great lord LYTTELTON. I owed this tribute to his moral, and literary character. He lived in hill-street, berkely-square; — and in two or three days after he received my present, he honoured me with a visit, at my lodgings, in bolt-court, in fleet-street. I was highly gratified by his visit; he said every thing to me that was encouraging, and pleasing. This was the beginning of an acquaintance, which was continued to his death; and on some remarkable occasions, he showed a great zeal to befriend me. But the objects of his applications in my favour, when we particularly inquired into them, had not the value, which he, by mistake, had affixed to them.