1781 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Jackson Pratt

Edmund Rack to Richard Polwhele, 21 November 1781; Polwhele, Traditions and Recollections (1826) 1:132-33.



In answer to thy former queries (which I beg pardon for forgetting to answer before), Pratt is the author of Sympathy; it is a sweet poem. He sent it to me before it was published, and Mr. Graves had the "finishing hand" before it went to press. Graves told me he corrected above 100 lines; but this is entre nous.... Pratt is the author of Emma Corbet — a few lines, by way of eulogium, would be highly acceptable to him. He forms great expectations from his new comedy, the Fair Circassian, which is to make its entry on the stage next week. He has a fine imagination, and no inconsiderable share of genius; but I wish he had better motives for writing than profit and fame.