1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Pinkerton

George Steevens to Thomas Percy, 12 April 1797; Nichols, Illustrations of the Literary History of the XVIII Century (1817-58) 7:19-20.



Your friend Pinkerton has got himself into a shameful predicament. He employed a Mr. Anderson of Edinburgh, to transcribe records, &c. &c. for the service of a new History of Scotland; and then not only evaded payment adequate for the trouble he had given, but published a part of Mr. Anderson's private letters, with remarks of a most malignant tendency. Mr. A. commenced a suit against him; arrested some of his rents, to secure his money in Scotland; compelled payment with costs of suit; and has since published a pamphlet, intituled, Answer to an Attack made by John Pinkerton, esq. of Hampstead, in his History of Scotland, lately published, upon Mr. William Anderson, writer, in Edinburgh; containing an Account of the Records in Scotland, and many strange Letters by Mr. Pinkerton, accompanied with suitable Comments necessarily arising from the subject. Mr. A.'s charges against P. are corroborated by his own letters, and seem to admit of no extenuation.