1810 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Beattie

James Balfour to Robert Anderson, 1810 ca.; Balfour, Weeds and Wildflowers (1830) xli.



It must be obvious to the most careless reader that Sir WILLIAM [Forbes] was the friend and admirer of Dr. BEATTIE, and that he would not willfully cast a stain upon his memory; but, indeed, I am seriously angry with Sir WILLIAM; he has deprived me of a pleasure, at least he has reduced it far below its former level. It is in vain that I now wish to know nothing more of BEATTIE than as the author of the Minstrel; the spell is dissolved, and the fine enthusiasm of Edwin is sullied with the little-mindedness of the Professor.