1756 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Mark Akenside

John Dyer to William Duncombe, 24 November 1756; Duncombe, Letters of Eminent Persons (1772; 1773) 3:58-59.



Your humble servant is become a deaf, and dull, and languid creature; who, however, being a little recompensed with the critic's phlegm, has made shrift, by many blottings and corrections, and some helps from his kind friend, Dr. Akenside, to give a sort of finishing to The Fleece, which is just sent up to Mr. Dodsley; but as people are so taken up with politics, and have so little inclination to read any thing but satire and news-papers, I am in doubt whether this is a proper time for publishing it.