1758 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Colman

George Colman to Thomas Warton, 15 June 1758; Wooll, Biographical Memoirs of Joseph Warton (1806) 258-59.



June 15th, 1758.

Dear Tom,

Many thanks for your intelligence concerning the resolution of the delegates. My long delay in acknowledging your last favour will scarce entitle me to an account from you of what has been done in convocation, but if you will be so good as to instruct Jackson, he will take the trouble. I am afraid after all that if a fellowship is established, it will be on such a footing as to render my acceptance of it impracticable, supposing the University willing to give it me. If much residence or duty be required, it will be quite incompatible with my other views, nor do I see how any body who proposes to pursue the law can take it on such terms. However, this is entirely "entre nous." I hope to find you at Oxford when I appear in my tye wig. You known, I suppose, that the "Inscriptione Romanae," &c. are yours. They have, I find, been sent to all the literati, Dr. Markham, Bedingfield, Garrick, &c. They are well spoken of; Markham in particular commended them much, and master Francklin is held mighty cheap for his very unclassical review of them. I had it in my head to have got an answer to it crammed into some of the magazines or chronicles, but partly through business, and partly through dissipation, the thought dropt. I was in hopes of seeing you and Joe in town at Whistuntide. Thornton is well, and desires to be remember'd to you. I am,

Dear Tom,

Most sincerely yours,

G. COLMAN.