1767 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Julius Mickle

John Armstrong to William Julius Mickle, 12 May 1767; in Universal Magazine NS 10 (November 1808) 403.



London, May 12th, 1767
SIR,
I am ashamed to have so long delayed my acknowledgments for the agreeable present you have sent me [The Concubine]. Your Poem is to my taste one of the best Imitations of Spenser that I have seen; and besides the general moral, I find many Reflections in it upon human Life, which appear to be the result of a sound Understanding and a good Heart.
I remember your worthy Father with great pleasure, and shall be extremely glad on an Interview with you the first time you make a jaunt to London.
I am, Sir,
Your most obedient humble Servant,
JOHN ARMSTRONG.