1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Beattie

Francis William Blagdon, in Flowers of Literature for 1806 (1807) xlvii.



To the admirers of the pious and elegant author of the Minstrel, Sir John Forbes's Account of the Life and Writings of James Beattie, L.L.D. will be a valuable acquisition. Nothing, indeed, can bear greater testimony, if testimony were wanting to add to the social virtues, as well as literary accomplishments of Dr. Beattie, than the epistolary correspondence, and distinguished friendship, not only of the most virtuous, but learned characters of the age in which he lived. Talents dedicated solely to the cause of truth, the instruction of mankind, and the exposure of that dangerous sophistry, which the infidelity of Voltaire, Hume, and other learned sceptics, had introduced into the moral sciences, could not fail of the admiration, and procuring the friendship of the religious part of mankind; and although situated in a remote part of the kingdom, recommended him to the notice and beneficence of his sovereign.