1786 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Headley

Herbert Croft to John Nichols, 15 May 1786; Nichols, Illustrations of the Literary History of the XVIII Century (1817-58) 5:210.



C. T. O., in your Magazine, I find, stands for Coll. Trin. Oxon. The author is Mr. Headley, of Trinity, who had published Invocation to Melancholy, and some Miscellaneous Poems, in 4to, a promising young man, but poetical from top to toe. The magnetism of Tom Warton draws many a youth into rhymes and loose stockings, who had better be thinking of prose and propriety; and so it is with his brother Joe. At school I remember we thought we must necessarily be fine fellows if we were but as absent and as dirty as the Adelphi of poetry.