1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Aubrey

Anonymous, in Gentleman's Magazine 68 (April 1798) 320.



He was one of the gossiping anecdote-mongers of the last century, who have so many imitators in the present. He has transmitted to us a variety of tittle-tattle, intermixed with some history and particulars of personages of whom we should otherwise have been little acquainted. But, as he had put down all he knew or heard, it requires great discernment in his readers to discriminate the gold from the dross, the truth from the lies. He furnished A. Wood, who was the counterpart of himself, but not blest with so good heart, with a number of particulars which he has not faithfully acknowledged.