1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Leonard Welsted

W. J. Courthope, Note in Works of Alexander Pope (1871-89) 4:331.



Leonard Welsted, sprung of an old family in Worcestershire, was born in 1689 and died in 1747. He was a friend of many of the men of letters of the day, amongst others of Steele. For his dedications to Bubb Dodington, see Epistle to Arbuthnot, v. 250 and note. But the allusion here [Dunciad 2:210] is probably to his [Greek characters, Oikographia], in which he asks his patron, the Duke of Dorset, to replenish his cellar. The Duke, in answer, sent him a cask of Hermitage. Welsted also dedicated a volume of Epistles, Odes, &c., and his Translation of Longinus' Treatise on the Sublime, to the Duke of Newcastle in 1724.