Russel, William, [note] LL.D. the historian of Modern and Ancient Europe, shewed great ambition to shine also as a
poet; but of all his attempts in this path, not one was successful. He commenced his literary
career, by publishing A Collection of Modern Poems by other authors, which has been much more praised than any of his own productions.
“The selection was considered judicious. It included several of the productions
of Gray [note] and
Shenstone, [note] the beauties of whose poetry he had the good taste to perceive before
many of his countrymen. He claims the honour of having contributed to extend their popularity
in the northern part of the island.” Irving. [note]