1772 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Walter Harte

Anonymous, in "Catalogue of the most celebrated Writers" Letters concerning the present State of England (1772) 367-68.



HARTE. His history of Gustavus Adolphus is a capital work; and, all circumstances considered, not inferior to the best that have appeared in this age; yet the success it has met with is not equal to that of some other histories published lately in England; this has been owing to more entertaining subjects, a more pleasing manner, or to national prejudice. His Essays on Husbandry are not so well known as they deserve; the title implies a book upon a very confined subject, but he has very artfully interwove numerous strokes of general politicks; and national oeconomy; with well written anecdotes of the authors that have written on husbandry. His poetry is inferior to his prose writings.