1809 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Hogg

Nathan Drake, in Essays Illustrative of the Rambler (1809-10) 2:484.



THE SPY. In the title-page these essays are announced to be written "in the Manner of the Spectator," and that they "will be chiefly directed to the Exposure of Folly; the Satirising of Absurdity; the Detection of Duplicity; and the Chastisement of Villany; by holding them up to universal Contempt and Execration. Polemics and Politics are equally excluded"

I have seen but six numbers of the Spy; the first dated April 4th, 1808; and the sixth, May 9th, 1808. It is, perhaps, premature to form an estimate of talent from so imperfect a specimen; but, I apprehend, at present it may be said, that the execution is not adequate to the intentions of the writer.