1834 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Jones

Samuel Egerton Brydges, in Autobiography (1834) 1:190.



When I entered the Temple, Sir William Jones was in high fame as a commentator and translator of oriental poetry, and as a classical scholar; but the lawyers, rightly or wrongly, held him in little estimation for his skill in their own profession; nor was he considered then to have the talents of an original writer. I had not the good luck to be acquainted with him, nor even to know his person.