1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Pinkerton

James Beattie to William Forbes, 3 August 1798; Forbes, Life of Beattie (1806) 2:321.



Have you seen Mr. Pinkerton's new History of the James's of Scotland? The author, with whom I was acquainted in London about fifteen years ago, has sent me a copy of it, but my dizzy head will not yet permit me to read it. He is a Scotchman, and speaks with a strong Edinburgh accent, at least he did so formerly. There are two quartos, with a striking likeness of the author prefixed. He seems to abound too much in our new-fashioned English; but I cannot yet take it upon me to criticise his work.