ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Causidicus, "A Poetical Epistle to James Boswell, Esq. on his Life of Dr. Johnson" St. James's Chronicle (9 June 1791).
1737: Gilbert Walmsley
1741: Edward Cave
1750 ca.: Thomas Cooke
1750: Rev. William Dodd
1750: Edward Cave
1752: Hester Mulso Chapone
1758: William Shenstone
1762: Rev. Charles Churchill
1763: Robert Lloyd
1765: George Matisson Rothwel
1765: J. T.
1765: Cuthbert Shaw
1765: C. M.
1765: Charles Denis
1765: William Kenrick
1766: Rev. Joseph Warton
1766: W. J.
1766: Old Blow the Bellows
1766: C. M.
1769 ca.: Thomas Gray
1770: George Lyttelton
1771: James Beattie
1771: Horace Walpole
1772: A. C.
1773: Robert Fergusson
1775: An Englishman
1775: William Woty
1775: George Colman
1775: U GIO
1776: William Barnard
1778: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1778: M. Macgreggor, Esq.
1779: Rev. Thomas Maurice
1780 ca.: Francis Grose
1781: Horace Walpole
1781 ca.: Rev. Robert Potter
1781: Elizabeth Montagu
1781: J. D.
1781: Rev. William Tasker
1782: John Scott of Amwell
1784: William Cowper
1784: William Woty
1784: H. K.
1784: J. D.
1784: John Hoole
1784: Anna Seward
1784: A. W.
1784: J. B-e
1785 ca.: William Julius Mickle
1785: H. S.
1785: Rev. George Butt
1785: E. T. P.
1785: W. W-y-.
1785: Rev. James Fordyce
1785: J. E.
1785: Mr. Arrowsmith
1785: B. Walwyn
1785: A. L.
1786: A Lady
1786: Soame Jenyns
1786: John Courtenay
1786: George Colman
1786: Old Salusbury Briar
1786: Gilbert Horne
1786: James Boswell
1786: Christopher Anstey
1786: Rev. Richard Graves
1787: George Colman
1787: Miss Bruce
1788: O. L. M.
1788: Rev. Richard Graves
1789: Rev. Andrew Macdonald
1790 ca.: Horace Walpole
1790: Anna Seward
1791: Anna Seward
1791: Isaac D'Israeli
1791: Rev. Bryan Waller
1791: Francis Garden
1792: William Thomas Fitzgerald
1796: Anna Seward
1796: Anna Seward
1797: George Dyer
1798: Thomas Green
1798: Edward Gardner
1799: Lady Catherine Rebecca Manners
1799 ca.: Alexander Chalmers
1800: Dr. Nathan Drake
1800 ca.: George Hardinge
1800: Thomas Dermody
1802: Rev. Henry Kett
1806: John Wooll
1806: Dr. John Aikin
1807: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1807: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1811: Richard Cumberland
1813: Dr. John Wolcot
1814: Sir George Beaumont
1815: William Wordsworth
1819: William Hazlitt
1822: William Cook
1822: Tobias Oldschool
1824: Rev. Thomas Frognall Dibdin
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1825 ca.: Joseph Cradock
1825: John Taylor Esq.
1830: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1831: John Wilson Croker
1831: Rev. Samuel Hoole
1831: Thomas Babington Macaulay
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1833: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1835: Robert Southey
1835 ca.: Charles Crocker
1840: Thomas Carlyle
1852: Mary Russell Mitford
1880: W. J. Courthope
1791: Samuel Johnson
Your Quartoes I've eagerly read
And in them discover'd much gold — and some lead;
By the touch-stone of truth and sincerity tried
A few faults (and but few I must own) I've espy'd.
Forgive then the Poet, nor censure the friend
If a little he blame, finding much to commend:
To point out those errors, and give thee the praise
Which to genius and virtue the world ever pays,
Is a task not ungrateful — and when I have done
You may call't, if you please — Map of spots in the sun.
With anecdote various, delightful and new
In brisk pleasing language brought forward to view;
Of gossip and chat inexhaustible store,
Which when we have read make us still wish for more;
From the grave and the gay, and the learn'd and polite,
Where wit, knowledge and laughter together unite;
Of praise and of censure at least "quantum suff";
With a little law argument, tiresome stuff!
With (here and there sprinkled) panegyrick and puff;
Much critical learning and plain common sense,
And some cant — at which some may perhaps take offence;
Make an Olla podrida, or rather a sallad,
Not hard to digest, nor ungrateful to palate.
Yet why should your page with law jargon be cramm'd?
And why is poor Goldy to ridicule damn'd?
And what has the reader, dear Bozzy, to do,
With your wife, your estate, or your children, I trow?
How often you're drunk, or how often you're ill?
Be sad or be merry, or just what you will;
These trifles the world are too apt to condemn,
And may think you to be — what you've stigmatiz'd them.
Yet Candour must own you have woven a crown
Of laurel unfading, conferring renown
On the great Lexicographer, moralist, friend,
Whom pleas'd from his birth to his death we attend:
His worth and his talents display'd to the view,
His meed of fair fame is bestowed as his due:
And Virtue and Science shall ever regard
With complacency, him who confers the reward.
And here would I finish my doggrel career,
But first let me whisper a word in your ear;
Enough to the Authour, enough to the Bard
Of your life and your mind has already been spar'd.
Tho' mirth, wit and gaiety charm thee awhile,
O! let not their pleasures thy reason beguile;
But, not yet declining, in prime of thy age
Let serious studies attention engage.
Let beauty and worth from thyself which have sprung,
The family ties of the fair and the young,
To pursuits more severe thy exertions withdraw
To shine, as before, in the Courts of our law;
And nobly to rival with emulous fame
A Mansfield's, a Thurlow's, a Wedderburne's name!
Not less are thy talents than some who have sate
At the Bar, on the Bench, and have govern'd the State;
But Patience and Industry both must combine,
Ere the palm of success on thy temples shall shine:
To these then thy homage, thy services pay,
Turn over black-letter by night and by day,
And so shall that race by the Lawyer be won,
Which the Bard and Biographer have but begun.