1777 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Seward

Samuel Johnson, 1777; Boswell, Life of Johnson (1791); ed. G. B. Hill (1891) 3:172.



In the evening, the Reverend Mr. Seward of Lichfield, who was passing through Ashbourne on his way home, drank tea with us. Johnson described him thus: — "Sir, his ambition is to be a fine talker; so he goes to Buxton, and such places, where he may find companies to listen to him. And, Sir, he is a valetudinarian, who thinks he may do any thing that is for his ease, and indulges himself in the grossest freedoms: Sir, he brings himself to the state of a hog in a stye."