1774 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Robert Potter

Elizabeth Carter to Elizabeth Montagu, 4 August 1774; Letters to Mrs. Montagu, ed. Montagu Pennington (1817) 2:254-55.



On looking over the Monthly Review for July, I saw an advertisement of a Poem by a Mr. Potter. The specimen given was a translation of a Chorus in the Troades of Euripides; and it seems this gentleman proposes to translate all his plays. If the whole work is executed in a manner equal to the little piece he has published, it will be a noble acquisition to our language; for, as far as I can judge from this specimen, he seems to be strongly possessed of the spirit of Grecian poetry. I wish you would get either the Review or the Poems, and tell me what you think of this piece.