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Charles James Blomfield to Peter Elmsley

Nautical metaphor re B's inferiority to PE as critic. Some remarks on errata in Heraclidae. Plans for a Callimachus, to be dedicated to Earl Spencer. Prosiness of Eur. Helen. 'Mourning Bride' (Congreve) translated in Dictionnaire Historique as 'L'Epouse de Matin.' (Samuel) Butler to translate a poem by Lucien Buonaparte (sic) (Charlemagne, or The Church Delivered, publ. 1815). B's Callimachus progressing - Elegies his forte, Hymns s'sad stuff.' Inferior quality of 2/3 surviving Greek poetry - critics gain credit for sorting out the texts, but do not thereby improve the world.

Charles James Blomfield to Peter Elmsley

B's review of PE's Heraclidae sent to Gifford (at the Quarterly Review). The point of periodicals. Can a good Grecian be a good Protestant (remarks re the Regent's suspected popish leanings).B's brother going to Sweden and Russia via Hamburg in the next long vacation - B to send some books for Hermann - does PE want to as well? Sarcasm re B's books appearing in America. Not planning to write more re Butler. At work on the Persae.

Charles James Blomfield to Peter Elmsley

PE thanked for commenting on B's (warm) review of PE's Heraclidae (?). Visit to Oxford and meeting with Gaisford. Sales of Museum Criticum - Murray (see Row 174) has printed 1,000 copies, whereas the total possible readership must be ca.300! Proposed visit to London, where he hopes to met PE (apparently for the first time) - PE has vetoed The Grecian, so B suggests The Hummums. Typos in Valpy's Iconographie. Punning jokes on Butler's Geography.

Charles James Blomfield to Peter Elmsley

Breaking of relations with Edinburgh Review (who have published an article he tried to recall), on religious grounds. Review of PE's Heraclidae to appear in the Quarterly (Review?). News from Berlin, via B's brother - Wolf (some views on English scholars, inc. Porson), Bekker, Bothe; lack of books blamed on rapacity of English booksellers.

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