1803 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Savage

F. M., "Remains of Savage" Gentleman's Magazine 73 (March 1803) 239.



Bristol, March 16.

Mr. Urban,

It is to be lamented that genius should be so frequently forgotten, whilst men destitute of all merit, by the recommendation of gold, have eternal trophies, raised to their memory. The misfortunes and eventful life of the poet Savage, as well as his premature death in Newgate, and burial in St. Peter's church-yard in this city, are well known; and it reflects a reproach on the liberal and independent spirit of the citizens of Bristol, that the remains of that unfortunate bard still continue undistinguished from the common mass of the dead. It is most astonishing, that, while in Bristol a promptitude has ever been evinced to promote every laudable undertaking, no attempt has ever been made to raise a subscription for erecting a monument to his memory. I am conscious a subscription for that purpose would meet the success it deserves; and I should rejoice to hear of an application to the most opulent citizens for patronage and encouragement.

As the above desultory remarks may in the extensive circulation of your entertaining Magazine meet the eye of a competent person, and excite him to commence and prosecute the undertaking, insertion will oblige your constant reader,

F. M.