1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Campbell

Anonymous, "Authors: John Campbell" Eccentricities of Literature and Life [Boston] 1 (1822) 252-53.



Dr. John CAMPBELL was a multifarious, but an industrious and excellent, writer. Dining out one day with a gentleman of property, the latter, pleased with his conversation, said he should be glad to purchase a set of his works. The next morning the gentleman perceived a cart at his door, loaded with books, the bill for which came to seventy pounds; and this amazing bulk may be accounted for, by the doctor's share in writing the Universal History, the Biographia Britannica, the Political Survey, &c. &c. &c. The parts of the Universal History, written by Campbell, are the histories of the Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish, French, Swedish, Danish, and Ostend, settlements in the East-Indies; and the histories of the kingdoms of Spain, Portugal, Algavare, Navarre, and that of France from Clovis, to the year 1656. — (Modern Universal History, vol. 1, p. 169.)