1746 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Cooke

Ambrose Philips to Thomas Cooke, 11 June 1746; Joseph Mawbey, "Anecdotes of Cooke" Gentleman's Magazine 62 (January 1792) 26.



June 11, 1746.

DEAR SIR,

On the 13th past I received the favour of your packet, with a specimen of Plautus. I like your Ode [Hymn to Liberty], and the spirit of liberty and learning diffused through it: in my opinion, however, it runs into a greater length than the verse you have chosen can well bear, through the too frequent return of the rhyme.

This is the third summer I have proposed to visit London, but it will not do; when I can with prudence do it, I shall not fail to visit you. I am with great truth and affection, your most faithful servant,

AMBROSE PHILIPS.

I am very well.