Sanford (1796-1822) was an American historian. The selection from Skelton which accompanies this introduction appears to be the first American publication of any of Skelton1s works.

JOHN SKELTON, an eccentric satyrist, was born towards the close of the fifteenth century. The two universities dispute the honour of his education; but neither seems to have established a very strong title. The poetlaureateship was then a degree of the universities. Caxton says, our author was made laureate at Oxford; and Mr. Malone tells us, that he wore the laurel publicly at Cambridge.