1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Henry Ireland

Andrew Caldwell to Thomas Percy, 8 June 1801; Nichols, Illustrations of the Literary History of the XVIII Century (1817-58) 8:34-35.



I have had a long, agreeable letter from Mr. Malone. He mentions a curious sale of the farrago of the famous Samuel Ireland, the Shakespeare Papers, in three immense volumes, bound in russia, green boxes without end, with old leases, deeds, seals, and playhouse accounts, to take in hunters of curiosities. The whole produced, nominally, 1,380, but really 1000, which appears to me pretty well, and full the worth. The Shakespeare MS. and some others were puffed extravagantly, but it is supposed they remain on hand, and the biters were bit.