1830 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Melmoth

Richard Warner, in Literary Recollections of the Rev. Richard Warner (1830) 2:14-15.



Mr. Melmoth's just pretensions to the character of an English classic, are founded, on his Letters from Sir Thomas Fitzosborne, on several Subjects: printed in 1742: his Translations of Pliny's Epistles: in 1747: and of Cicero's Letters to his Friends: his Answer to Bryant; in 1794: and The Remains of his Father: in 1796. These works rank high among the most pleasing in the English language; for judicious criticism; useful learning; richness of style; and ingenious remark; though, perhaps, the admirers of Cicero, will not accompany him, in his doubts, of the patriotism of this accomplished philosopher. The manners of Mr. Melmoth were peculiarly urbane. No man blended more happily than himself, the polish of the gentleman, with the accomplishments of the scholar.