1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Frank Sayers

Walter Scott to Frank Sayers, 20 June 1807; Sayers, Poetical Works, ed. Taylor (1830) lxxix-xxx.



Sir,

I was yesterday honoured with your favor of the 23d May, accompanying a volume of poetry to the merits of the greater part of which I am no stranger. I was more particularly flattered by your kind approbation of my poetical efforts, because I have been long an admirer of your runic rhymes, and set a very high value upon the copy "ex dono auctoris." We owe much to those who have united the patience of the antiquary, and the genius of the poet, in their researches into former times, and in this honoured list your name has long held a distinguished rank. Give me leave to solicit a continuance of an acquaintance commenced in a moment so very agreeable to my feelings, and believe me,

Sir,

Your obliged

And most obedient Servant,

Walter Scott.