1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

John Murray to Archibald Constable, 2 June 1807; Archibald Constable and his Literary Correspondents (1873) 1:375-76.



I have received a very obliging letter from Miss Seward since my return, in consequence of a few books which I sent her. The more, however, I consider her merit as an authoress, the more satisfied I am that it would be hazardous to offer any important sum for her works, either published or ante-posthumous; and I trust that you will not betray your usual circumspection, or rather judgment, for the mere honour of carrying the publication of an English poetess to Scotland.