1829 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Moses Mendez

Robert Southey to Samuel Egerton Brydges, 14 November 1829; Brydges, Autobiography (1834) 2:265-66.



Moses Mendez, if my memory does not deceive me, published a collection of poems by various authors in one volume, which I have seen bound uniformly with Dodsley and Pearch. I have now on my shelves (a schoolboy purchase) the Loves of Othniel and Achsah, translated from the Chaledee, (2 vols, 1769,) of which the preface says, that "the first book was translated by Moses Mendez, the former possessor of the (pretended) MSS.; and that the rest had been pursued amidst the vexations of a very troublesome employment, increased by disappointments from pretended friendships." The author was probably a Jew, and [The rest of the letter is unfortunately lost].