1778 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Thomson

James Beattie to Robert Arbuthnot, 22 July 1778; Forbes, Life and Writings of James Beattie (1806) 2:21.



A man who was an honour to his country and to mankind, and to whose writings I am under very particular obligations; for, if I have any true relish for the beauties of nature, I may say with truth that it was from Virgil and Thomson that I caught it.