1811 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Oldys

Robert Anderson to Thomas Percy, 15 May 1811; Nichols, Illustrations of the Literary History of the XVIII Century (1817-58) 7:212.



As my progress in revising my poetical biography has been desultory, as inclination or materials led, I have not yet compared my collections with Oldys's MS. notes [to Langbaine] in every instance. If I had been aware of any limitation of time in using the book, I would certainly have completed my survey of the old poets, and returned it before now. It is chiefly a book of reference, and has, I find, been consulted by Reed and others. Your Lordship's anxiety about it is natural; but you may depend on its being kept safely, and returned by a safe conveyance.