1790 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton

Joseph Ritson to Joseph Cooper Walker, 25 June 1790; Letters of Joseph Ritson (1833) 1:168-69.



You see I have lost my old friend Tom Warton — Well! "I war not with the dead," and shall treat his ashes with the reverence I ought possibly to have bestowed on his person. Unfortunately he is introduced, not always in the most serious or respectful manner, in a work which has been printed, but which I think my bookseller does not choose to publish till both the editor and all his friends and enemies are buried in oblivion.