April 8.--We visited the tomb of the mighty wizard. It is in the bad taste of James the First's reign; but what a magic does the locality possess! There are stately monuments of forgotten families; but when you have seen Shakspeare's what care we for the rest. All around is
Shakspeare's exclusive property. I noticed the monument of his friend John a Combe immortalised as drawing forth a brief satirical notice of four lines.
Sir Walter Scott is in Stratford-upon-Avon, on April 8th, 1828, paying homage to William Shakespeare. Like many of us visiting Abbotsford, Scott appreciated being physically present at a site connected with a person or event of interest. Shakespeare died around the time of year that Scott visited (April).