1713 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Robert Burton

Thomas Hearne, 30 July 1713; Reliquae Hearniae, ed. Bliss (1869) 1:282.



The earl of Southampton went into a shop and inquired of the bookseller for Burton's Anatomy of Melancholly. Mr. Burton sate in a corner of the shop at that time. Says the bookseller, My lord, if you please, I can shew you the author. He did so. "Mr. Burton," says the earl, "your servant." "Mr. Southampton," says Mr. Burton, "your servant," and away he went.