1790 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Philip Neve

Michael Lort to Thomas Percy, 4 September 1790; Nichols, Illustrations of the Literary History of the XVIII Century (1817-58) 7:516-17.



Notwithstanding Mr. Neve's positive assertion in the inclosed pamphlet, that he has relics of Milton's corpse, our friend Steevens insists that it is all a flam, for that it is the body of a Miss Smith, not of Milton, and he will prove it. Steevens's proofs of its being the body of a Mrs. Smith have appeared in the Gazetteer; and I believe in all the papers are some squibs by the same hand, in which the antiquaries, and, among the rest, poor Gough, are sadly mauled.