1776 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Granger

Horace Walpole to William Cole, 16 April 1776; Restituta or ... English Literature Revived 4 (1816) 369.



You will be concerned, my good Sir, for what I have this minute heard from his nephew, that poor Mr. Granger was seized at the communion table on Sunday with an apoplexy, and died yesterday morning at five. I have answered the letter with a word of advice about his MSS. that they may not fall into the hands of booksellers. He had been told by idle people so many gossiping stories, that it would hurt him and living persons, if all his collections were to be printed; for as he was incapable of telling an untruth himself, he suspected nobody else. Too great goodness in a biographer!