1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Gen. John Burgoyne

Anonymous, Review of Burgoyne, Dramatic and Poetical Works, in The Cabinet 4 (November 1808) 335.



Of General Burgoyne's dramatic works The Heiress is the most considerable, which, supported by fashion, was attractive for a few seasons; but the patronage of fashion being generally as short-lived as it is injudicious, The Heiress is now almost forgotten. Burgoyne, however, was a sensible writer, and there are many who entertain the opinion that he was a better Poet than General, and that his wit was at least as sharp as his sword.