1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Wilkie

Joseph Robertson, in Lives of the Scottish Poets (1822) 4:51-52.



The manners of Dr. Wilkie, in private life, were altogether extremely eccentric. The bulk of dress which helped to ruin his constitution, was relieved by no sort of elegance or attention; his clothes seemed as if thrown upon him by a pitchfork, and as if a brush they never knew; his wig was always awry; and such was his habitual carelessness of appearances, that when a preacher, he would even forget when in the pulpit to take his hat off his head: add to these circumstances, that he used tobacco to excess, and the picture of a moving piece of dusty lumber will be complete.