1818 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Beloe

Lord Byron to John Murray, 20 February 1818; Letters and Journals, ed. Rowland E. Prothero (1898-1901) 4:199-200.



The books I have read, or rather am reading. Pray, who may be the Sexagenarian, whose gossip is very amusing? Many of his sketches I recognise, particularly Gifford, Mackintosh, Drummond, Dutens, H. Walpole, Mrs. Inchbald, Opie, etc., with the Scotts, Loughborough, and most of the divines and lawyers, besides a few shorter hints of authors, and a few lines about a certain "Noble Author," characterised as Malignant and Sceptical, according to the good old story, "as it was in the beginning, is now, but 'not' always shall be:" do you know such a person, Master Murray? eh? — And pray, of the Booksellers, which be you? the dry, the dirty, the honest, the opulent, the finical, the splendid, or the Coxcomb Bookseller? "Stap my vitals," but the author grows scurrilous in his grand Climacteric!