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The Printer of the St. James's Chronicle.
As there is nothing I dislike so much as newspaper controversy, particularly upon trifles, permit me to be as concise as possible in informing a correspondent of yours, that I recommended Blainville's Travels, because I thought the book was a good one ; and I think so still. I said I was told by the bookseller that it was then first published; but in that, it seems, I was misinformed, and my reading was not entensive enough to set me right.
Another correspondent of yours accuses me of having taken a ballad, I published some time ago, from one
by the ingenious Mr. Percy. I do not
• " The Friar of Orders Gray.”
think there is any great resemblance between the two pieces in question. If there be any, his ballad is taken from mine. I read it to Mr. Percy some years ago; and he (as we both considered these things as trifles at best) told me with his usual good humour, the next time I saw him, that he had taken my plan to form the fragments of Shakspeare into a ballad of his own.
He then read me his little cento, if I may so call it, and I highly approved it.
Such petty anecdotes as these are scarce worth printing :, and were it not for the busy disposition of some of your correspondents, the public should never have known that he owes me the hint of his ballad, or that I am obliged to his friendship and learning for communications of a much more important nature.