1796 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Collins

William Hayley to William Roscoe, 1796 ca.; Life of William Roscoe (1833) 1:225n.



Though the countrymen of the poet Collins must ever lament his calamity, they have now no reason to regret that his projected history of Leo was never completed, — a work towards which he had made a greater advance than his friends, the Wartons and Johnson, imagined; for one of my early companions informed me that an elder brother of his (intimate with Collins) had heard him read a preliminary discourse of great merit, which he intended to prefix to the work in question. I have reason to believe the discourse I speak of is irrecoverably lost.