1803 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Ritson

Richard Nares to Thomas Percy, April 1803; Nichols, Illustrations of the Literary History of the XVIII Century (1817-58) 7:601.



I find that Ritson, who is most unequivocally mad, has again treated you with impudent scurrility. If there are any particular things that you wish said in return, you will be so good as to communicate them to me. An article from you, on the subject of the Metrical Romances, would be very acceptable to me, if you did not think yourself too much offended to meddle with them at all. To ridicule he lays himself extremely open, by his most absurd mode of spelling, which certainly shall not pass unobserved in the British Critic.