1831 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir James Mackintosh

Edward Smedley to Charles Forster, 22 August 1831; Poems of the late Rev. Edward Smedley (1837) 357-58.



If you have read Sir James Mackintosh's England in Lardner's Cabinet Cyclopaedia, you will, I think, have been pleased with the coincidence, to a certain point, of his views, with the opinions which you had already expressed on the Crusades. So far as he goes, he appears to me both politically and philosophically correct, and stands in marked contrast to the cold and deteriorating scheme of Gibbon and Robertson. I have read only half the first volume, and wherever the writer speaks from himself, I am greatly delighted. He is glowing, generous, and eloquent, and the more than tropical red heat which parched one in the Vindicae Gallicae has been softened and moderated into a most delicious temperature.