1761 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Warton

William Warburton to Richard Hurd, 27 December 1761; in Letters of a Late eminent Prelate (1808) 246.



I think the Booksellers have an intention of employing Baskerville to print Pope in 4to. so they sent me the last 8vo. to look over. I have added the inclosed to the long note in the beginning of the Rape of the Lock, in answer to an impertinence of Joseph Warton. When you have perused it, you will send it back.

I have sometimes thought of collecting my scattered anecdotes and critical observations together, for the foundation of a life of Pope, which the booksellers teaze me for. If I do that, all of that kind must be struck out of the notes of that edition. You could help me nobly to fill up the canvas.