1768 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Granger

Horace Walpole to William Cole, 30 August 1768; Letters, ed. Cunningham (1906) 5:126-27.



Mr. Granger, of Shiplake, is printing his laborious and curious Catalogue of English heads, with an accurate though succinct account of almost all the persons. It will be a very valuable and useful work, and I heartily wish may succeed; though I have some fears. There are of late a small number of persons who collect English heads; but not enough to encourage such a work: I hope the anecdotic part will make it more known and tasted. It is essential to us, who shall love the performance, that it should sell: for he prints no farther than to the end of the first Charles: and, if this part does not sell well, the bookseller will not purchase the remainder of the copy, though he gives but a hundred pounds for this half; and good Mr. Granger is not in circumstance to afford printing it himself.