1803 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Ritson

Robert Anderson to Thomas Percy, 21 May 1803; Nichols, Illustrations of the Literary History of the XVIII Century (1817-58) 7:113.



Dr. Trail set out for London about a month ago. He expects to meet you in England in the course of the summer. At the time of his departure we exchanged a note or two concerning Ritson's Preliminary Dissertation to his Metrical Romances, which contains a repetition of the gross and unmannerly abuse of the Editor of the Reliques. My indignation against this wretched man was the greater, that I heard him, in this house, speak of Warton, and of you particularly, in a placable and penitential way, which gave one reason to think that he would make his "amende honourable" the first opportunity. Besides, you nobly made him an offer of your Romances. Mr. Brougham has reprimanded him severely for the folly and wickedness of his attack.