Sidney: The Critical Heritage

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Edward Waterhouse

1577

Edward Waterhouse was Secretary of State for Ireland. His account of Sidney’s A Discourse on Irish Affairs serves as a reminder that during Sidney’s lifetime he was, outside an intimate circle, at least as likely to be known and regarded for his practical, argumentative writing skills as for poetic prowess. See Introduction, p. 1. The Discourse ‘was written for a specific purpose: to reinforce the case of the Lord Chancellor of Ireland when he came over in October 1577 to vindicate to the Privy Council Sir Henry Sidney’s administration of the “cess”, or land tax, in the Irish Pale’ (MP, p. 3).


Letter to Sir Henry Sidney, 30 September 1577, in Letters and Memorials of State of the Sidney Family, ed. Arthur Collins, 2 vols, London, 1746, vol. 1, p. 228.

I have optainid that at my Lord Chancellors Coming, your Lordships Matters shall have present hearing: And I think that to the Cess Rates, Mr. Philip, Mr. Whitten, and I, shalbe called to assist him. Before the Arrival of Mr. Whitten, Mr. Philip had gatherid a Collection of all the Articlis, which have been enviously objectid to your Goverment, whereunto he had framid an Answer in way of Discours, the most excellently (if I have eny Judgement) that ever I red in my Lief; the Substance wherof is now approved in your Letters, and Notes, by Mr. Whitten. But let no Man compare with Mr. Philips Pen. I know he will send it your Lordship, and when you read it, you shall have more Cause to praye [praise?—MP, p. 4] God for him, then to impute Affection to me, in this my Opinion of him.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • General Editor’s Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xiv
  • Abbreviations xvi
  • Note on the Text xvii
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Edward Waterhouse 87
  • 2 - Philip Sidney 88
  • 4 - Edmund Spenser 93
  • Note 94
  • 6 - George Puttenham 96
  • 7 - William Temple 98
  • 8 - Geoffrey Whitney 102
  • 12 - George Whetstone 110
  • 15 - Sir John Harington 115
  • 16 - Thomas Newman 118
  • 18 - Edmund Spenser 127
  • 21 - Thomas Moffet 136
  • 22 - John King 139
  • 24 - Gervase Markham 141
  • 25 - Francis Meres 146
  • Note 147
  • 27 - Ben Jonson 152
  • 29 - Brian Twyne 157
  • 32 - Matthew Gwynne 169
  • 34 - Richard Carew 171
  • 36 - John Day 174
  • Notes 186
  • Note 200
  • 45 - John Donne 211
  • 47 - Upon Sydneis Arcadia 217
  • 48 - Michael Drayton 219
  • 52 - Edmund Waller 227
  • 54 - Richard Lovelace 232
  • 62 - Charles Cotton 259
  • 63 - John Aubrey 260
  • 65 - Edward Phillips 264
  • 66 - Life of Spenser 265
  • 67 - D. Tyndale 266
  • 69 - Anthony Wood 268
  • 70 - ‘j.N.’ 270
  • 71 - D. Stanley 272
  • 72 - Elizabeth Montagu 275
  • 75 - Samuel Johnson 281
  • 76 - ‘philisides’ 283
  • 78 - The History of Argalus and Parthenia 287
  • 79 - The Gentleman’s Magazine 288
  • 80 - Richard Brinsley Sheridan 290
  • 84 - Thomas Zouch 296
  • 85 - The Annual Review and History of Literature for 1808 299
  • 87 - Sir Egerton Brydges 304
  • 89 - William Hazlitt 317
  • 94 - Henry Hallam 335
  • 95 - Isaac D’israeli 337
  • Select Bibliography 350
  • Index 353
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