Edmund Bolton (1575-1633) studied at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and the Inner Temple. He is best known as an antiquarian, but as a poet made some show as a contributor to Englands Helicon. Against the judgment printed below we must set that in Section I of Addresse the Fourth of the Hypercritica as preserved in Bodleian Rawlinson MS. Misc. I, p. 13: among a list of writers commended by Bolton for their use of English is 'Edmund Spencer (the most learned Poet of our Nation,) very little for the vse of history'.
From Hypercritica; or a Rule of Judgment for writing, or reading our History's (written c. 1618, published Oxford, 1722), p. 235; repr. J.E. Spingarn, English Critical Essays of the Seventeenth Century (Oxford, 1908-9), I. 109:
In verse there are Ed. Spencer's Hymns. I cannot advise the allowance of other his Poems, as for practick English, no more that I can do Jeff. Chaucer, Lydgate, Pierce Ploughman, or Laureat Skelton.