1803 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Thomas Percy

Richard Nares to Thomas Percy, April 1803; Nichols, Illustrations of the Literary History of the XVIII Century (1817-58) 7:602.



Mr. Leyden, (now Dr.) who published The Complaint of Scotland, has lately sailed for the East Indies. He had actually engaged to go in the ship that was lost two months ago, (the Hindostan,) but fortunately changed his mind. Mr. Walter Scott, editor of the Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, is now in London; but I missed seeing him in consequence of my journey hither. The spirit of research into our early poetry, which your Reliques so strongly encouraged, is now very active, and almost so strongly encouraged, is now very active, and almost daily produces some accession to that branch of literature. G. Ellis will produce something more ere long; and whatever he does will, of course, bear the stamp of taste and genius. Mr. Gifford, the translator of Juvenal, is employed on an edition of Massinger.