1769 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Merrick

Joseph Cockfield to Weeden Butler, 19 January 1769; in John Nichols, Illustrations of the Literary History of the XVIII Century (1817-58) 5:792.



I was sorry to hear of the demise of my old correspondent and friend Mr. Merrick, the learned translator and annotator on the Psalms. He had long patiently endured a painful indisposition, and, there is the greatest reason to hope, is now at rest from his labours. I have not perused his last book. To me unversed in the original language, many of his notes are of little service, and of those collected from books of travels several are already inserted in a Miscellaneous Collection, published some few winters since by Field in Cheapside. The publisher of the papers has given my deceased friend a most excellent character in few words, viz. that of "a sincere Christian," a character amiable to Heaven and human beings, more excellent by far than that of a profound scholar or gallant warrior.