1730 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Congreve

Anonymous, "Congreve's Tomb in Westminser Abbey" Grub-Street Journal (14 May 1730).



Last Tuesday was opened in Westminster a fine new monument, erected to the memory of that celebrated Poet Will. Congreve, Esq; whereon is represented his effigy in Busto; and beneath, this very remarkable, tho' ill spelt inscription, viz.

MR. WILLIAM CONGREVE.
Died Jan. 19, 1728, aged 56 and was buried near this place,
To whose most valuabl memory this monument is set up by
HENRIETTA D. of Marlborrough as a mark how dearly
She remembers the happiness and honour she enjoyed in
The sincere friendship of so worthy and honest a man,
Whose virtue, Candour, and wit gained him the love and
Esteem of the present Age, and whose writings wil be the
Admiration of the future. Ibid.