1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Horace Walpole

John Herman Merivale, Diary Entry, 11 June 1820; Anna Wilhelmina Merivale, Family Memorials (1884) 215.



What an anecdote for Horace Walpole, whose Correspondence I am reading with infinite delight, and wish with all my heart there may be some Horace Walpole now in existence to record the infinite variety of anecdote to which these eventful days must give rise. I am of opinion, with Loui, that his character has been most unjustly aspersed, and that, so far from heartless and frivolous, there is enough in his lively correspondence to shew that he was a kind and warm-hearted friend as well as a man of sense, and no proof of the ingratitude and cruelty with which he has been charged. He loved laughing, and hated the affectation of sensibility so far as sometimes to disguise its real existence.