1761 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton

William Shenstone to Thomas Percy, 5 July 1761; in Letters, ed. Mallam (1939) 413-14.



I am glad you wrote, your self, to Mr. Warton, for (tho' I would have done it in the end) yet, to my shame be it spoken, I never wrote to thank him for the Present he made me of his Critique upon Spenser. The Preface to your Letter was very pertinent; and must engage him to serve you, to the utmost of his Power — I have only seen extracts from his Life of Bathurst — I suppose he rather means it as a pious tribute to the memory of a benefactor, than a work which will much interest or entertain the Publick.