1897 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Trumbull

Moses Coit Tyler, in Literary History of the American Revolution, 1763-1783 (1897) 1:189.



Should John Trumbull cease to be remembered among us for his achievements as a grown-up man, it may be safe to say that he will still deserve some sort of renown for the prodigies he wrought while yet in his babyhood, and immediately after that brilliant epoch in his career. In the records of intellectual precocity, scarcely anything can be cited more remarkable than some of the things that are recorded of this amazing little creature at a period of life when ordinary mortals are sufficiently employed in absorbing and digesting a lacteal diet and in getting forward with the primary set of teeth.