1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Maurice

Thomas James Mathias, in Pursuits of Literature (1798) 361 & n.



To me all heedless of proud fashion's sneer,
MAURICE is learn'd, and WILBERFORCE sincere....

The Reverend THOMAS MAURICE, Author of Indian Antiquities, in 6 vols. 8vo. and of The History of Hindostan, it's Arts and it's Sciences, as connected with the History of the other great Empires of Asia, during the most ancient periods of the world. Vol. 1. 4to. is only yet published. The publick is well acquainted with their merits. But it is with the most serious concern, that I read what Mr. Maurice has declared in his dedication, that "The History commenced under the patronage of the Court of East India Directors, is dedicated to them, in humble hopes of their continued support of a work, which MUST SINK WITHOUT THAT SUPPORT." Learning has felt a degradation from these words. I am not to be told, that researches like those of Mr. Maurice are liable to the caprice of erudition, and of uncertain application, and that his style, matter, and manner are frequently too luxuriant and diffuse. The foundation of a temple may be strong, though every ornament on the pillars may not be just.