1795 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Henry Ireland

Joseph Ritson to Mr. Paton, 19 May 1795; Letters of Joseph Ritson (1833) 2:75.



The Shakspeare papers, of which you have heard so much, and which I have carefully examined, are, I can assure you, a parcel of forgeries, studiously and ably calculated to deceive the public: the imposition being, in point of art and foresight, beyond any thing of the kind that has been witnessed since the days of Annius Viterbiensis: So that we [in England] may soon hope to match you in the number of literary impostors.