1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

David Mallet

Robert Southey, in Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) 2:342.



A man of more talents than honesty, who was always ready to perform any dirty work for interest; to blast the characters either of the dead or the living, and to destroy life as well as reputation. Mallet was "first assassin" in the Tragedy of Admiral Byng's murder.