1777 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Capell

George Hardinge to Horace Walpole, 1777 ca.; Nichols, Illustrations of the Literary History of the XVIII Century (1817-58) 3:203-04.



Mr. Capell, an honest and sagacious Editor, has three volumes of Notes upon Shakespeare that remain to be published. — There is a knot of Booksellers formed against him, because he is (I will not say the best, but) the only Editor of Shakespeare.

I have therefore advised him to accept of a subscription; to which he is averse, as being a man of a competent fortune, and a man of high spirit, though to a degree short of encountering the publication at his own expense. My Lord Dacre is a warm patron of his works, and I mention this emphatically; as it would be the height of arrogance in me to recommend him upon my own single opinion, or without the most respectable authority at my elbow. We propose to make the subscription a guinea the volume; only one guinea to be deposited now, and that in a banker's hands, to be recovered if the Editor should die. May I put your name down? Our list cannot receive so important an honour from any other.