a British poet born of Nonconformist parents. For many years he held a post in the custom house. The few anecdotes that have been preserved show him to have been as witty as his poems would lead one to expect: on one occasion, when the government was about to cut off funds that paid for milk for the custom house cats, Green submitted a petition in their name, winning a reprieve. His Grotto, a poem on Queen Caroline's grotto at Richmond was printed in 1732; as well as his chief poem, The Spleen, in 1737. These and some other short poems were printed in Robert Dodsley's collection (1748), and subsequently in various editions of the British poets.
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