1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Hookham Frere

John Herman Merivale, Diary Entry, 15 May 1819; Anna Wilhelmina Merivale, Family Memorials (1884) 201-02.



May 15. Went to Murray's, full of my Ariosto project, but met not a very pressing reception on that side, though an extremely eager one as to Richiardetto — but not a word to be extracted from him on the score of money.... Afterwards met Hookham Frere, to whom I had also the honour of introduction, and found him one of the most agreeable men I have ever found so on a first introduction. Spoke most freely of Whistlecraft, (to which I led,) and humourously regretted the taste of the age and nation, which cannot be persuaded to understand Humour unaccompanied by personal satire; and, not finding the latter where they confidently look for it, throw aside the book in disgust. He is a true enthusiast for Romance.