1753 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Dodsley

Robert Dodsley to Joseph Warton, November 1753; Wooll, Biographical Memoirs of Joseph Warton (1806) 227.



Nov.

Dear Sir,

I sent last night, directed to you in a parcel for some of your booksellers, my poem on Agriculture [Public Virtue]; which begs your acceptance. But that an illiterate Muse should be at all regarded in the Capitol of Learning, would be a wild expectation: however as she is an innocent country girl, and quite a stranger, I hope you will be civil to her, and excuse her awkwardness and want of learning. If she is not dash'd at first, and put quite out of countenance, she may in time improve. So trusting her to your candour and politeness,

I remain affectionately

Your,

R. DODSLEY.