1772 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Brown

Anonymous, in "Catalogue of the most celebrated Writers" Letters concerning the present State of England (1772) 344.



BROWNE. A writer of abilities, and in some of his works entertaining; but in all is a sacrificer at the shrine of party, and has in every page too much of the coxcomb in him; had he written nothing but the Essays on the Characteristics, and that on Satire, his reputation would have been much greater than it is, but he was so unfortunate, as to write himself out of reputation in pursuit of a bishoprick, which however he did not obtain.