1737 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

Gilbert Walmsley to John Colson, 2 March 1737; Gentleman's Magazine 36 (October 1766) 451.



Lichfield, Mar. 2.

Dear Sir,

I had the favour of yours, and am extremely obliged to you: But cannot say I have a greater affection for you upon it than I had before, being long since so much endeared to you, as well by an early friendship, as by your many excellent and valuable qualifications. And had I a son of my own, it would be my ambition, instead of sending him to the University, to dispose of him as this young gentleman is.

He and another neighbour of mine, one Mr. S. Johnson, set out this morning for London together: Davy Garrick to be with you early the next week, and Mr. Johnson to try his fate with a tragedy, and to see to get himself employed in some translation, either from the Latin or the French. Johnson is a very good scholar and poet, and I have great hopes will turn out a fine tragedy writer. If it should any ways lay in your way, doubt not but you would be ready to recommend and assist your countryman.

G. WALMESLEY.