1741 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

Edward Cave to Thomas Birch, 9 September 1741; The Monthly Magazine 17 (February 1804) 53.



Sept. 9, 1741.

REV. SIR,

If you have not seen the inclosed, it may be worth looking on.

I have put Mr. Johnson's play into Mr. Gray's hands in order to sell it to him, if he is inclined to buy it; but I doubt whether he will or not. He would dispose of copy, and whatever advantage would be made by acting it. Would your society, or any gentleman, or body of men, that you know, take such a bargain? Both he and I are very unfit to deal with the theatrical persons. Fleetwood was to have acted it last season, but Johnson and diffidence, or — prevented it.

I am, Rev. Sir,

Your most humble servant,

EDW. CAVE.