1814 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Walter Harte

Robert Southey, in Review of Chalmers's English Poets; Quarterly Review 11 (July 1814) 497-98.



Harte's life of Gustavus Adolphus, the editor [Alexander Chalmers] tells us, was "a very unfortunate publication. Hume's House of Tudor came out the same week, and Robertson's History of Scotland only a month before, and after perusing these, poor Harte's style could not certainly be endured." Mr. Chalmers perhaps may require to be told that industry in collecting, examining and arranging the materials of history, and fidelity in using them, are the first qualities of an historian: that in those qualities Harte has not been surpassed; — that in the opinion of military men Harte's is the best military history in our language, and that it is rising, and will continue to rise in repute.