1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Christopher Anstey

Lord Byron to John Murray, 20 May 1820; Letters and Journals, ed. Rowland E. Prothero (1898-1901) 5:25.



Murray, my dear, make my respects to Thomas Campbell, and tell him from me, with faith and friendship, three things that he must set right in his Poets: Firstly, he says Anstey's Bath Guide Characters are taken from Smollett. 'Tis impossible: — the guide was published in 1766, and Humphrey Clinker in 1771 — dunque, 'tis Smollett who has taken from Anstey....