1769 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Shenstone

Thomas Gray to Norton Nicholls, 24 June 1769; Works, ed. Gosse (1895) 3:344-45.



I have read an octavo volume of Shenstone's Letters; poor man! he was always wishing for money, for fame, and other distinctions; and his whole philosophy consisted in living against his will in retirement, and in a place which his taste had adorned, but which he only enjoyed when people of note came to see and commend it. His correspondence is about nothing else but this place, and his own writings with two or three neighbouring clergymen, who wrote verses also.