1610 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Bolton

William Camden, "A Letter to the Author" Bolton, The Elements of Amories (1610) before sig. A.



Syr, whereas your desire is that I should deliver my full opinion of your Booke which you lately sent, and submitted to my censure, I assure you if my judgement be any (which I acknowledge to bee very little) you have with that judicious learning, and insight handled ARMORIE the subject of my profession, that I cannot but approve it, as both learnedly, and diligently discovered from his first cradle: And could not but allow it, if I were "Censor librorum publica authoritate constitutus," as you know I am not. Pardon me that I am so breefe, for neyther my head, nor my hand can as yet performe that which they should, and would, untill the Almighty shall restore me to former (health) to whose protection I commend you, and yours, resting

11. June, 1609.

Your loving friend,

WILLIAM, CAMDEN, CLARENCEUX.