1776 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Granger

James Boswell to Samuel Johnson, 30 August 1776; Boswell, Life of Johnson, ed. G. B. Hill (1891) 3:104-05.



I have, since I saw you, read every word of Granger's Biographical History. It has entertained me exceedingly, and I do not think him the Whig you supposed. Horace Walpole's being his patron is, indeed, no good sign of his political principles. But he denied to Lord Mountstuart that he was a Whig, and said he had been accused by both parties of partiality. It seems he was like Pope, "While Tories call me Whig, and Whigs a Tory." I wish you would look more into his book; and as Lord Mountstuart wishes much to find a proper person to continue the work upon Granger's plan, and has desired I would mention it to you; if such a man occurs, please to let me know.