1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Thompson

Thomas Warton to Edmond Malone, 19 March 1785; Warton, Correspondence, ed. Fairer (1995) 512.



I once saw Shakespeare's Sonnets, 1599 [for Passionate Pilgrim?] in the hands of Mr. Thomson of Queen's Oxon, a curious collector. I think Tom Davies bought his books. I picked up my Venus and Adonis in a petty shop at Salisbury, where books, bacon, red-herrings, and old iron, were exposed to sale.