1771 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Julius Mickle

James Boswell to David Garrick, 18 September 1771; Nichols, Illustrations of the Literary History of the XVIII Century (1817-58) 7:365.



Permit me now, my dear sir, again to recommend to your patronage, Mr. Mickle's tragedy, which I rejoice to hear has now passed through the hands of both the Wartons. By encouraging Mickle, you will cherish a most worthy man, and, I think, a true poetical genius. Let me add, that your goodness to him will be an additional obligation to your humble servant, who will venture to say that you have never had a warmer, a more constant, or a bolder admirer or friend, at all times and in all places, than himself, though you have had multitudes of greater distinction and abilities. All these things considered, I would hope that Mr. Mickle, who has waited long in the anti-chamber, will soon be introduced, and not be shoved back by others who are more bustling and forward.