1762 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Richard Hurd

Thomas Warton to Richard Hurd, 22 October 1762; Warton, Correspondence, ed. Fairer (1995) 132.



I ought long ago to have thanked you for your most obliging and agreeable Present of the Letters on Chivalry; and I would have done it at the time, had I then exactly known how a Letter would have found you. I have the vanity to say, that I was always of your Opinion on this Subject. But it was reserved for You to display the System, with that penetration, precision, and taste, which it requires, and which you, above all modern Critics, so peculiarly possess. Your letter has roused me to think in earnest of, what I hinted in my Observations, a formal History of English Poetry.