1805 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Kames

James Mackintosh, 1805 ca.; Life of Sir James Mackintosh (1853) 1:22.



In 1792 died a Henry Home Lord Kames — a writer who had never so cultivated his vigorous natural powers, as for them to ripen into talents for any species of composition, who wrote many bad books, full of ingenuity, which, at the constant expense of his own permanent reputation, supplied literary ferment for the minds of his countrymen, and which, though they have already perished, have had a lasting effect, and deserve much consideration in the literary history of Scotland.