Thomas Blacklock Bibliography

Poems 1746
Blacklock, who was educated at Edinburgh Univeristy, was a Scot who became blind through smallpox when he was six months old. Hume introduced the poems to Joseph Spence, former Oxford Professor of Poetry, who in 1754 published his Account of the Life, Character and Poems of Mr. Blacklock which became the Preface to the 2nd edition of the Poems in 1756. Burke refers to Blacklock in A Philosophical Inquiry and Johnson scepticism about Spence is included in Boswell’s Life of Johnson.