1755 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Thompson

Thomas Warton to Joseph Warton, 19 April 1755; Wooll, Biographical Memoirs of Joseph Warton (1806) 230, 232.



Trin. Coll. April 19, 1755.

Dearest Jo.

I wished to have stayed longer with you at Trapp's, but it was impossible. The Ariosto [translated by Warton's foe, William Huggins] is expected by D. Prince on Saturday night; it being ordered for Queen's library. Where is the connection? I am thinking that Thomson [William Thompson?], who, you know, is a dabbler in Italian, has recommended it: I mean proposed the buying it.... When Huggins arrives, I will transmit to you what he says of us, if he has dared to attack. B—ow's pamphlet is allowed to be wrote with some candour; but it is said to be an unfair representation of the text. I expect to night a solemn letter from Johnson. My love to dear Molly and the little ones. I am, dear Jo.

Your most affectionate Brother,

T. WARTON.