Of John Chalkhill (flor. c. 1600) little is known beyond the possibility that he was coroner for Middlesex, and the fact that he was an acquaintance both of Spenser and of Isaak Walton, who edited his Thealma and Clearchusm 1678. Imitation of Spenserian mannerisms is pervasive in the poem, but the only overt mention of Spenser is contained in the lines printed below.
From Thealma and Clearchus. A Pastoral History, in smooth and easie Verse. Written long since, By John Chalkhill, Esq; An Acquaintance and Friend of Edmund Spenser (1683), p. 3; repr. in G. Saintsbury, Minor Poets of the Caroline Period (1906), II. 374:
Close by the River, was a thick-leav'd Grove,
Where Swains of old sang stories of their Love;
But unfrequented now since Collin di'd,
Collin that King of Shepherds, and the pride
Of all Arcadia.