1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anne Hunter

Joseph Ritson to Joseph Cooper Walker, 14 May 1791; Letters of Joseph Ritson (1833) 1:187-88.



Your information that the "Indian Death Song was written by Miss Home now Mrs. Hunter," was perfectly new and interesting; though a friend to whom I mentioned the circumstance, and who knew that she composed the original air, seemed inclined to doubt the fact. But as there is a very beautiful Scotish song intitled "the Flower of the Forest," which I have lately seen ascribed to "Miss Home;" I was the rather anxious to get at the truth, and my friend promised to make the enquiry. Mrs. Hunter, it seems, has an unmarried sister, who, he thinks, is more likely to prove the poetess.