1784 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Oldys

S. A., "Anecdotes of William Oldys" Gentleman's Magazine 54 (March 1784) 161.



MR. URBAN,

As your correspondent E. in your Magazine for January, p. 32, thinks some information concerning the family of William Oldys would be acceptable to your readers, I therefore inform them, that Birch MS. No. 4240. contains an account of that family, drawn up by W. Oldys himself. It is too long for your limits, and will not bear an abridgement: I shall therefore, for the present, refer them to the MS. itself in the British Museum. In the last leaf I find this anagram:

W. O.
In word and WILL I AM a friend to you,
And one friend OLD IS worth an hundred new.