1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Roscoe

Joseph Ritson to Sir Harris Nicolas, 29 November 1796; Letters of Joseph Ritson (1833) 2:136.



I have not yet read, nor do I know that I shall ever read, Roscoes Life of Lorenzo de Medici. It is universally applauded, indeed; but the truth is that I have no great inclination for polite literature; and Godwin says he found it heavy and uninteresting. I find that this same citizen Roscoe is well known to be the author of the fine song on the French revolution, though I did not know it till you told me. I am likewise informed that Dr. Currie is the real author of Jasper Wilson's letter, and that Roscoe had no other concern in it than polishing the stile.