1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Hole

John Herman Merivale, Diary Entry, 5 May 1819; Anna Wilhelmina Merivale, Family Memorials (1884) 200-201.



May 5. Went to Murray's and met Milman, (the elder,) son of Sir Francis Milman, and his brother the Poet. The former I had not seen for years, but he recognized me and we renewed our acquaintance. He introduced me also to his brother — asked me if I had any thoughts of Ariosto, which he says is abandoned by Rose — but I don't find my stomach quite so strong to such a task as I fancied it while recovering from my last illness; besides that I have other more serious professional plans in contemplation.... Our conversation taking this turn, I spoke to them of Ricciardetto and shewed them my first canto which I had brought to introduce it to Murray. And they tickled my vanity not a little by the laughter with which they accompanied the perusal of it. I left it afterwards with Murray, to be the subject of future consideration. I have since asked the elder Milman and Murray to dine with me next week. D'Israeli also introduced himself to me — talked about my uncle Hole and the Exeter Society, of which he was once a member, and suggested that the Exmoor Courtship would probably answer as a separate publication.