1771 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Julius Mickle

David Garrick to Thomas Warton, 30 April 1771; Wooll, Biographical Memoirs of Joseph Warton (1806) 380-81.



April 30th, 1771.

Dear Sir,

I wrote to you only, but at the same time I mean to answer Mr. Mickle's part of the letter I received yesterday. You may both depend upon my good will to any performance I shall receive from either — but indeed the tragedy in question, with some poetical merit, had no dramatic interest; and in my opinion the very names, and that particularly (if I remember right) of the principal character was very uncouth, and ill calculated for an English tragedy. I shall consider it now as a new drama, and with great partiality in his favour, as it comes recommended by you; but should I approve, as I wish, and expect, it will not be in my power to produce it the next winter; I am more than full for the next season — however, if the author will trust it with me, should it be thoguht fit for representation, I will bring it out as soon as I can; but unless some of my present engagements are withdrawn, it cannot make its appearance till the winter after next. I am, dear Sir,

Your most obedient

humble servant and friend,

D. GARRICK.

My best compliments to Mr. Mickle — Has the Dr. at Winchester seen it? — A play underwritten by the two Wartons would certainly merit every attention.