1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Godwin

William Wordsworth to William Mathews, 21 March 1796; Letters of the Wordsworth Family, ed. Knight (1907) 1:108.



My sister would be very glad of your assistance in her Italian studies. She has already gone through half of Davila, and yesterday we began Ariosto. I have received from Montagu, Godwyn's second edition [of Political Justice]. I expect to find the work much improved. I cannot say I have been encouraged in this hope by the perusal of the second preface, which is all I have yet looked into. Such a piece of barbarous writing I have not often seen. It contains scarce one sentence decently written. I am surprised to find such gross faults in a writer, who has had so much practice in composition. Give me some news about the theatre. I have attempted to read Holcroft's Man of Ten Thousand, but such stuff.