1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmond Malone

Thomas Green, 21 March 1797; Extracts from the Diary of a Lover of Literature (1810) 27.



Looked over Malone's Enquiry into the Authenticity of Ireland's Shakespearian Papers; a learned and decisive piece of criticism, which would have settled my doubts, if all doubts had not been already removed by the forger's impudent confession. Yet Malone sometimes insists too strongly on slight proofs; as in his objection from the word "amuse" in Q. Elizabeth's Letter, which affords sense in its primitive meaning, of arresting attention: his violent politics too, are violently introduced; and suggest but a feeble argument against Shakespear's Love Letter.