1748 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Edwards

Earl of Orrery to Thomas Birch, 13 December 1748; European Magazine 59 (May 1811) 354.



The Canons of Criticism reached me some months ago. What can be said in answer to the observations on Cynthian novels? Such a blow cannot be recovered. The last canon carries with it as sharp a sting as possible. I dare say, Mr. Warburton will answer his adversary; but in what manner is hard to guess. Who is the author? In our island, we have given the pamphlet to Dr. Hoadley.