1790 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Spence

Anonymous, in European Magazine 17 (March 1790) 175.



Much information respecting the characters and history of the great persons of Queen Anne's time might be collected from Spence's Anecdotes, so often quoted by Dr. Johnson, and which their noble possessor permitted him to make use of, with a liberality of sentiment, and a regard to literature, that graces even title itself. Dr. Warton, while he was writing his Remarks on the Writings of Mr. Pope, was permitted to make use of this very curious collection of Anecdotes, which have been withheld from the public eye only by delicacy to the memories of many of the illustrious persons who are mentioned in them.