1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Ritson

George Steevens to Thomas Percy, 11 January 1788; Nichols, Illustrations of the Literary History of the XVIII Century (1817-58) 7:4.



I have been so long absent from the literary world, that the intelligence I offer you is scarce worth your reading. One circumstance, however, I must not omit. Your antagonist Mr. Ritson, about a month ago, got drunk, and assaulted an inoffensive barber, who brought an action against him, and has obliged him to pay severely for his frolic; a proper warning to critics militant.