1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Roscoe

Joseph Cooper Walker to John Pinkerton, 21 November 1796; Pinkerton, Literary Correspondence (1830) 1:427-28.



Such was the eager demand for Mr. Roscoe's work [Lorenzo de' Medici] in London, that the Irish booksellers could hardly get a few copies. Therefore I have not as yet read it; but I expect a copy in the course of this week. I am, you may suppose, from the nature of the subject, anxious to read that admired work. I am not unacquainted with the libraries from which Mr. Roscoe drew his principal materials. I have passed some delicious hours in them; but, alas! my stay in Florence was short. The respective publications of my learned and ingenious friends Mr. Hayley and Mr. Burney, I have read with great pleasure. Perhaps it would be difficult to find a more perfect piece of biography than [Hayley's] Life of Milton.