1815 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmond Malone

Isaac Disraeli, in "Oldys and his Manuscripts" Curiosities of Literature (1791; 1881) 3:503-04.



This very lot of Oldys's manuscripts was, indeed so considerable in the judgment of Kippis, that he has described them as "a large and useful body of biographical materials, left by Mr. Oldys." Were these the "Biographical Institutes" Oldys refers to among his manuscripts? "The late Mr. Malone," continues Mr. [John] Taylor, "told me that he had seen all Oldys's manuscripts; so I presume they are in the hands of Cadell and Davies." Have they met with the fate of sucked oranges? — and how much of Malone may we owe to Oldys?