1780 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Nichols

Joseph Warton to John Nichols, 25 April 1780; Literary Anecdotes of the Eighteenth Century (1812-15) 6:170n.



College, Winchester, April 25, 1780.

SIR,

When I was last in town, I proposed to myself the pleasure of calling on you, to thank you for the care you had taken in printing some books for the use of this school; and likewise to have asked you if you had remaining in your hands any copies of that excellent edition of the Two Iphigenia's by Markland; for our bookseller has orders to procure some, as I shall be glad to use it at the upper end of the school. Suffer me to return you my thanks for the great pleasure you have given me in the perusal of your Four Volumes of Poems, and of the very entertaining Notes and Anecdotes that accompany them. I am glad to find that you intend giving more of that sort to the publick. We have a good many old Miscellaneous Poems in our College Library; and, if I thought your plan was not completed, might perhaps point out some to you. I believe there are some things in the Miscellanies of Husband, of Lewis, of Harte, and of Diaper, Whalley, and Cobbe (author of a very fine Ode in Dodsley's Miscellanies), that might deserve to be inserted. Why should you not take some of Sandys's Psalms, as a pattern of his excellent versification? His introductory verses to the King and Queen; and a concluding copy, intituled, "Deo opt. &c." containing an account of his Life and Travels, are really excellent. I hint these things; not as imagining you want either matter or information; but rather to express the pleasure I have received from your publication. Will you please to tell Mr. Reed I have found Fenton's letter, which I promised to shew him. I am, Sir,

Your very obedient and humble servant,

Jos. WARTON.