1759 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Vansittart

Samuel Johnson, 1759; Boswell, Life of Johnson (1791); ed. G. B. Hill (1891) 1:402.



I have been in my gown ever since I came here [to Oxford]. It was, at my first coming, quite new and handsome. I have swum thrice, which I had disused for many years. I have proposed to Vansittart, climbing over the wall, but he has refused me. And I have clapped my hands at Dr. [William] King's speech.