1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Butler

Joseph Warton, in Essay on the Genius and Writings of Pope (1782) 2:246n.



The poverty of Butler is often mentioned among the distresses of poets, as a reproach to his age, and particularly to Charles II. who was so fond of Hudibras. But Dr. Pearce, the late Bishop of Rochester, related, that Mr. Lowndes, then belonging to the Treasury, and in the reigns of King William and Queen Anne Secretary to it, assured him, that, by order of Charles II. he had paid to Butler a yearly pension of 100 to the time of his decease.