1769 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Granger

Joseph Cockfield to Weeden Butler, 26 May 1769; in John Nichols, Illustrations of the Literary History of the XVIII Century (1817-58) 5:796.



I have looked into the new Biographical History of England, written by Mr. Granger, a work of some literary merit and apparent utility, but could have been glad the author had been more sparing of his reflections, as he has stigmatised with the epithets of visionary and enthusiastic divers persons of unaffected piety and unquestioned character. The author concludes his second volume with anecdotes of persons who lived about the Revolution, but has some intention of bringing down the performance to the present time.