1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Isaac D'Israeli

John Herman Merivale, Diary Entry, 19 December 1824; Anna Wilhelmina Merivale, Family Memorials (1884) 248.



Dec. 19. Yesterday at D'Israeli's, where were Dr. Nares, a Mr. Hoare, Duppa (just returned from Italy), and Basevi, a young conveyancer of my acquaintance. D'Israeli himself is incredibly — almost ludicrously — dull in conversation — perpetually aiming at something like wit and attempting to tell a story, in which he uniformly fails in a manner burlesque enough to be made a stage character; and neither of the "convives" was I think remarkably bright or entertaining — myself undoubtedly the least so of the whole party.