1783 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Robert Potter

Elizabeth Montagu to Mrs. Robinson; June 1783; Reginald Blunt, Mrs. Montagu, 1762-1800 (1923) 2:164.



Mr. Potter has also ably vindicated his friend Mr. Gray's Odes; &c. from cruel and unjust criticism, and this is done with great wit, taste and good manners — ingredients rarely put into the bitters of criticism. Modern wits and modern orators are apt to fall into the Billingsgate style; and from every kind of chastisement made more severe and outrageous than the fault it should correct, one takes the part of the culprit against the harshness of the corrector.