1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir James Mackintosh

David Rivers, in Literary Memoirs of Living Authors (1798) 2:9-10



This gentleman published, in 1791, Vindicae Gallicae, a Defence of the French Revolution and its English Admirers, against the Accusations of Mr. Burke, which has been almost universally allowed to be one of the best written pamphlets ever produced in our language. We believe Mr. Mackintosh is also the author of two octavo volumes of Travels in Europe, Asia, and Africa, published anonymously in 1782. They consist of a series of familiar well-written Letters, abounding in Oriental Politics, and are particularly severe upon Governor Hastings. They give offence to some of our East Indian Nabobs, and were answered in a strain of Welch asperity by Captain Joseph Price, who had complained of personal ill-treatment from Mr. Francis, and who now attributed these Travels to an agent employed by him, to traduce the character of Governor Hastings.