1860 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Kirke Paulding

William Cullen Bryant, in "Washington Irving" Orations and Addresses (1860) 110.



Salmagundi was manifestly written without the fear of criticism before the eyes of the authors, and to this sense of perfect freedom in the exercise of their genius is probably owing the charm and delight with which we still read it. Irving never seemed to place much value on the part he contributed to this work, yet I doubt whether he ever excelled some of those papers in Salmagundi which bear the most evident marks of his style; and Paulding, though he has since acquired a reputation by his other writings, can hardly be said to have written anything better than the best of those which are ascribed to his pen.