1764 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Nicholas Breton

David Erskine Baker, in Companion to the Play-House (1764) 2:Sig. C4.



Mr. Nicholas Breton. — To this Gentleman hath both Jacob and Gildon attributed the Honour of Authorship in Regard to an old dramatic Piece, entitled, An Old Man's Lesson, or a Young Man's Love. Interl. but one would be apt to imagine they neither of them had seen the Piece, and that the latter had implicitly copied the Error branch'd by the former, since in the Preface Mr. Breton acknowledges himself to have been only the Editor of this Interlude, nay, even declares that he is wholly ignorant who the Author was. — As such however I could not with Propriety avoid inserting his Name in this Place, since to him the World is at least obliged for the Knowledge of whatever Share of Merit may be found in the Piece.