1774 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Cameron

James Beattie to William Cameron, 22 September 1774; Forbes, Life and Writings of James Beattie (1806) 1:376.



Your studies are in an excellent train. Read the classics day and night, till you make yourself master of them. Exercise yourself in frequent compositions in English prose. Write your thoughts on every subject, and carefully keep what you write. Attend to the phraseology of the best English writers, with a view to correct and improve your English style. We Scotsmen find it a very difficult matter to get rid of the barbarisms of our native dialect.