Mr. Walpole is like the rest of the world, bestowing much attention on the Rowleian Controversy, and furnished me with many hints that will be useful hereafter on that popular subject. You know, I imagine that Mr. Tyrwhit, Tom Warton, Mr. Malone, and others have taken up their pens in opposition to the books of Bryant and Mills. My friend Dr. Johnson says, he is sorry for the former, who possesses a very great and deserved reputation; as to the Dean's performance, it is every where treated as it deserves, and to its fate he resigns it without concern.
Mr. G. Steevens to Mr. Cole,
Jan. 21, 1782.