1783 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Ritson

Michael Lort to Thomas Percy, 15 January 1783; Nichols, Nichols, Illustrations of the Literary History of the XVIII Century (1817-58) 7:443.



Mr. Ritson, a young lawyer of Gray's Inn, is the author of the attack on Warton; he has been digging hard in the Museum mines for some time past, and is quite a Drawcansir, for I am told he has a pamphlet ready to be published against Steevens and Malone's Shakspeare, and also a Collection of Old Ballads, in which I presume a former Editor is to be handled roughly.