1856 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Mackenzie

Samuel Rogers, in Table Talk (1856) 44.



At Edinburgh I became acquainted with Henry Mackenzie, who asked me to correspond with him; which I (then young, romantic, and an admirer of his Julia de Roubigne) willingly agreed to. We accordingly wrote to each other occasionally during several years; but his letters, to my surprise and disappointment, were of the most common-place description. Yet his published writings display no ordinary talent; and, like those of Beattie, they are remarkable for a pure English idiom, — which cannot be said of Hume's writings, beautiful as they are.