1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Cunningham

Robert Anderson to Thomas Percy, 9 May 1801; Nichols, Illustrations of the Literary History of the XVIII Century (1817-58) 7:95.



Dr. Trail called upon me before he went to England, and showed me the specimen of young Cunningham's poetry, which is very promising. It has an original air, and what is uncommon in the productions of uneducated youth, more distinguished by good sense than exuberance of fancy. I shall be happy to hear of the further progress of his mind and studies, under your Lordship's benevolent patronage.