1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Percival Stockdale

Thomas Campbell, in Specimens of the British Poets (1819; 1855) 459.



Of this description was not poor old Percival Stockade, who in one of his lucubrations gives our author the appellation of "Mother Watts." The nickname would not be worth mentioning if it did not suggest a compassionate reflection on the difference between the useful life and labours of Dr. [Isaac] Watts, and the utterly useless and wasted existence of Percival Stockdale. It might have been happy for the frail intellect of that unfortunate man, if they had been braced and rectified in his youth by such works as Watts's Logic and Improvement of the Mind. The study of them might possibly have saved even him from a life of vanity, vexation, and oblivion.