1825 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Andrew Macdonald

Henry Mackenzie, Anecdotes and Egotisms, 1825 ca.; ed. Thompson (1927) 206.



MACDONALD, author of the tragedy of Vimonda and other ingenious publications, is said by D'Israeli to have died of actual want; I doubt the correctness of so strong an assertion; but I knew that he was in extreme indigence aggravated by that honest pride which prevented his applying to his friends, and even shy of accepting assistance from them. He was a man of undoubted genius, as his tragedy and a novel (I think called The Independent) sufficiently evince. He suffered a severe disappointment which hurt him exceedingly from the refusal of a patent to the Royalty Theatre, at which Vimonda was to have been brought out. He wrote to me earnestly entreating of an Epilogue, which I sent him by return of post. I think it is inserted in the last volume of my Works.