1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Melmoth

Anonymous, in Catalogue of five hundred Celebrated Authors (1788).



An elegant scholar, and a fine writer. His only original work is an octavo volume of Letters under the name of Sir Thomas Fitzosborne. He translated the Letters of Pliny, nearly about the same time with lord Orrery, the treacherous friend of Swift, to whose translation that of Mr. Melmoth was greatly preferred. He also translated the Epistolae Familiares of Cicero, which he accompanied with notes unfavourable to the reputation of that illustrious character. This last work appeared in 1753 in three volumes octavo, and in 1773 and 1777, Mr. Melmoth published translations of Cicero's Two Dialogues, De Senectute, and de Amicitia.