1826 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Gates Percival

Sumner Lincoln Fairfield, in "Four Months in Europe" New-York Literary Gazette and American Athenaeum 3 (30 September 1826) 37-38.



Miller has republished Percival's poems, in a decent style; but what has been the consequence? The publisher, himself, avowed to me that he lost one hundred and twenty pounds by the adventure; and that, out of seven hundred and fifty copies printed; not fifty had been sold. This fact is mentioned to show what prospects await American literary adventures across the Atlantic; not in any way, to injure the private feelings or public reputation of Dr. Percival, whom I esteem much too highly to publish a word that could wound his unfortunate sensibility or stain his fame.