1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Isaac Reed

Anonymous, in "Particulars of Isaac Reed" Universal Magazine NS 7 (March 1807) 257-58.



The reputation which, by these publications and by a variety of other literary labours and communications, both of a public and a private kind, Mr. Reed had justly acquired for an intimate acquaintance with old English authors, caused his friendship to be courted by all who were in any measure engaged in similar pursuits. Men of the first literary eminence were in the habit of consulting him for information which they found themselves unable otherwise to procure, respecting old, obscure, and obsolete writers; and it is to be recorded to his honour and praise, that, notwithstanding his reserved temper the result of his habits of sclusion, he was ever easy of access to all who sought or desired his assistance; and free, open, and communicative, in answering to the best of extensive information the enquiries which were submitted to him. Mr. Reed had, however, in the midst of all this general respect, but few intimate acquaintance; but they were select, and eminent either for their virtues or their erudition. In the number of these, we may, without meaning to be invidious in our silence respecting others, mention the names of the late George Steevens, Esq. and Dr. Farmer, known to the public as fellow labourers with Mr. Reed, in the elucidation of our immortal bard, and also the Rev. Henry Meen, a gentleman deservedly esteemed for his classical erudition and taste, and to whom the learned world is indebted for some excellent critical Remarks on the Cassandra of Lycrophon, which are calculated to throw much light on that obscure and crabbed writer.