1809 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Hogg

John Bostock, in Review of Hogg, The Shepherd's Guide; The Monthly Review NS 58 (March 1809) 321.



As far as we are able to form an opinion on the subject, this work appears to be the result of experience, and to contain much information that will be useful to those who are occupied with the care of sheep. Many of the terms employed, however, and particularly the names of diseases, appear strange and uncouth; and we apprehend that they will not, in all cases, be intelligible to shepherds themselves on the south of the Tweed: but the description of the symptoms is so full and minute, that they will probably be easily recognized by those who are familiar with the subject. The author has added some valuable observations on the appearances which the body presents on dissection.