1774 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton

Elizabeth Carter to Elizabeth Montagu, 8 October 1774; Letters to Mrs. Montagu, ed. Montagu Pennington (1817) 2:284-85.



I have never read Mr. Warton on Spenser, nor did I know he had writ on this subject, but I have been always so well pleased with his criticisms on other authors, that I should be glad to see what he has written on this. If you think of it, I shall be obliged to you if you will be so good to bring his Spenser with you to London for my instruction next winter. I am sensible how much below the dignity both of Spenser and his commentator it is, to talk in the same breath of a receipt for preserving oranges; but while it is in my head, I will beg the favor of you to bring me likewise the method how they are to be done in slices, which I think you told me you had learnt in the North, where to be sure the good people have the best art of giving fruit a sweetness from sugar, as it can have none from the sun. Adieu, my dear friend.