1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Belsham

James Boswell, in Life of Johnson, 1791; ed. G. B. Hill (1891) 1:451n.



Mr. Belsham discovers in his Essays so much reading and thinking, and good composition, that I regret his not having been fortunate enough to be educated a member of our excellent national establishment. Had he not been nursed in nonconformity, he probably would not have been trained with those heresies (as I sincerely, and on no slight investigation, think them) both in religion and politicks, which, while I read, I am sure, with candour, I cannot read without offence.