Lowth more given to melancholy than mirth?

The entry on Robert Lowth in the Oxford Companion to the English Language (McArthur 1992) opens by saying that  Lowth was “a philologist ‘more inclined to melancholy than to mirth’”. McArthur doesn’t identify the source of this quotation, and so far I haven’t been able to identify it myself. Does anyone know its origins?

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