1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Mackenzie

Lord Byron to William Bankes, 1807; Letters and Journals, ed. Rowland E. Prothero (1898-1901) 1:123.



Since my last, I have received two critical opinions [of Poems on Several Occasions] from Edinburgh, both too flattering for me to detail. One is from Lord Woodhouselee, at the head of the Scotch literati, and a most voluminous writer (his last work is a Life of Lord Kaimes); the other from Mackenzie, who sent his decision a second time, at more length. I am not personally acquainted with either of these gentlemen, nor ever requested their sentiments on the subject; their praise is voluntary, and transmitted through the medium of a friend, at whose house they read the productions.