1724 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Savage

Aaron Hill, in The Plain Dealer (30 November 1724).



If I apprehend His Case clearly (and the Proofs, He sent me, are too strong, to be easily mistaken) It is, in some Measure, to be considered, as That of an Injured Nobleman, — But of This, the World will judge for it self, when the Particulars shall be more publick. — That is His own immediate Concern, and will, I suppose, be His own Care: — But His Proposal is What Every Body ought to take Part in; because the Book, in it self, has a vey uncommon Merit: And Both Merit, and Ill Fortune, join, to recommend the Proposer.

I think it was finely said, by a Gentleman, whose Writings, and Humanity, were, for many Years the Admiration of all the Kingdom, — That is ought to be the Care of All, in whose Power it lay, to lift Mr. SAVAGE above a Sense of his MOTHER'S Cruelty; because a Misery, so undeserved, had intitled him to a Right of finding Every Good Man His FATHER.

But, when, to a Misery so undeserved, we add a Design, so full of Reason, It is impossible, but there must be Many, who will feel a noble Delight, in distinguished their Zeal, for so modest a Proposer; and send their own Names, and Those of Others, whom they can Influence, as so many Examples, when the List comes to be publish'd, That we have Spirits, who can discover Genius, before it rises into Noise; and dare promote it, without waiting till the Way has been led, by Others.