1779 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Robert Potter

James Beattie to Elizabeth Montagu, 1 February 1779; Forbes, Life and Writings of James Beattie (1806) 2:28-39.



I have just received the Notes on Potter's Eschylus, by which I am happy to find, that my opinion of that translation is ratified by your's. I did not think it possible to do justice to the old Grecian in any modern tongue; but Mr. Potter has satisfied me, that I was mistaken. It seems to me, that this is indisputably the best translation that ever appeared in English of any Greek poet. I beg, Madam, you will exert all your influence with the author, to make him go on with Euripides.