1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Davenant

Thomas Warton to Edmond Malone, 14 November 1789; in Correspondence, ed. Fairer 638-39.



What I remember in Wood's papers about D'Avenant is, that he was a singing-boy, (what we call a Chorister) at Magdalene College Oxford, and that Shakespeare, when he came through Oxford and baited at the Crown Tavern kept by D'Avenant's father, used to shew extreme fondness for this boy; and this circumstance added to others, (as Wood insinuates) made the world think that he was Shakespeare's son by Mrs. D'Avenant. I cannot find this paper (a loose one) of Wood; but I remember seeing it with other loose papers of Wood, when Mr. Huddesford was rummaging the Bodleian for additions to Wood's Diary.