Nathaniel Sterry (d. 1698) was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. The piece below must date from before 1649, when he became a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford. See the letter by V. de S. Pinto in TLS, 31 August 1933.
From A direction for a good and profitable proceeding in study, by Mr. N. Sterry of E.C, Bodleian Tanner MSS., vol. 88, no. 5:
After all this, if you can, before you are Batchelor read Spencer, & Daniels poems for the furnishing of your English tongue, for what good will all learning doe you, if you cannot make vse of it in the mother tongue? which excellency few looke after, which is an extraordinary folly.
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Publication information: Book title: Edmund Spenser, the Critical Heritage. Contributors: R. M.Cummings - Editor. Publisher: Routledge. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1995. Page number: 295.
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