John Payne Collier was entered a student of the Middle Temple at the age of 20, but found the attractions of Blackstone insufficient to overcome the blandishments of Elizabethan literature. He occasionally relieved his poetical studies by contributions to the Morning Chronicle, the Literary Review, the Edinburgh Magazine, &c. In 1820 he pub. in 2 vols. r. 8vo, The Poetical Decameron, or Ten Conversations on English Poets and Poetry, particularly of the Reigns of Elizabeth and James. The reader should secure this work . . .