1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Jortin

Thomas Green, 24 October 1796; Extracts from the Diary of a Lover of Literature (1810) 13-14.



Finished Jortin's Life of Erasmus. The ease, simplicity, and vigour of this engaging writer (I speak of the biographer), who negligently scatters learning and vivacity on every subject which he treats, are here exercised on a most congenial topic. The chief circumstances of Erasmus' life, are extracted from his letters; and the notices of England in these letters, are peculiarly interesting. I take very kindly to Erasmus; circumstanced as he was, I should have conducted myself just as he did, towards the pope and the reformists: — they are only bigots, who will violently condemn his moderation.