ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Thomas James Mathias
Anonymous, "To the Author of the Pursuits of Literature" Gentleman's Magazine 69 (June 1799) 511.
Thomas James Mathias:
1779 ca.: William Cole
1796: Charles Lamb
1796: Frances Burney
1797: George Steevens
1797: Thomas Green
1798: George Steevens
1799: George Chalmers
1799: Dr. John Aikin
1800: Dr. Nathan Drake
1801: Alexander Thomson
1803: William Roscoe
1804: Rev. William Herbert
1811: Lord Byron
1814: John Taylor Esq.
1815: William Henry Ireland
1817: Frances Burney
1826: Charles MacFarlane
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1834: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1856: Samuel Rogers
1887: P. W. Clayden
Sir, since you tell us every book that's good
Is the mind's bread, an intellectual food,
And all good Books are easy of access,
The price of this thine volume shou'd be less.
Else may the mind, suspicious of a cheat,
Think you have mix'd potatoes with your wheat;
For, barring thus the poor man from a slice,
You sink in credit, as you rise in price.
By your own rules dishonest to yourself,
You barter fame for miserable pelf;
And, self-convicted, bear from age to age,
Your own damnation in your title page.*
* Price, eight and six pence.