EDWARD DE VERE AND SHAKESPEARE. (To THE EDITOR or TER
"SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I have no wish to take exception to the criticism of mp work, Shakespeare Identified, which appeared in your columns on March 27th, and which seems bo me quite fair and helpful. There is, however, a small oversight which I should like to correct. Mention is made of " the Return from Parnassus and the Scourge of Folly, both of which he [Mr. Looney] ignores utterly." On p. 71 of my book will be found the following pas- sage : " In the Returns from Parnassus ' he [Shakespeare] is first and most particularly mentioned as the author of Venus ' and Lucreoe' and afterwards as one of those that ' pen plaits.'" I know only too well how easy it is to make slips to wish to make capital out of a trifle like this.—I am, Sir, &c.,
J. THOMAS LOONEY.