1780 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Tobias Smollett

Thomas Davies, in Life of Garrick (1780) 1:282-83.



Smollet was not satisfied with the many severe strokes of satire which he had bestowed on the governing players, and especially on Mr. Garrick, in his Roderick Random; but by a very malicious and laboured criticism which he had put into the mouth of his Peregrine Pickle, the hero of a novel of that name, and published about three years after the other, he endeavoured to degrade Mr. Garrick and Mr. Quin to the lowest class of their profession. The doctor was a man of genius, but he certainly rated it to its full value. He was a man too who abounded in generosity and good-nature; but was at the same time extremely splenetic and resentful; nor did he always consider whether the matter of quarrel was founded in justice, or arose from his unreasonable and too contemptuous opinion of others.