1786 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Cooper Walker

Joseph Cooper Walker to Thomas Warton, 24 October 1786; Warton, Correspondence, ed. Fairer (1995) 567-68.



Being informed that the late Mr. Tyrwhit was actually engaged in preparing an Account of the Life and Writings of Spenser, I sent him all the information I could collect in this kingdom concerning the great Poet, and a map of the country around the Castle of Kilcolman, concluding you had relinquished the subject. My Letter found him tottering on the brink of the grave. Since his death his Brother (of Jesus College, Cambridge) begged I would inform him in what manner I would wish to have my notices and plan disposed of. I took the liberty to request he would forward them to you. Perhaps you may be tempted, at a future day, to resume the subject.