1793 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Helen Maria Williams

Elizabeth Carter to Elizabeth Montagu, 1 November 1793; Letters to Mrs. Montagu, ed. Montagu Pennington (1817) 3:339-40.



So the poor Queen of France is at last released from her long sufferings. Her detestable persecutors seem to have exhausted their invention to embitter the final stroke of their malice by every insult that could, in the eyes of the mob, degrade illustrious birth and exalted rank. But their barbarity can inflict no more; and she is escaped from the wicked trial of a French convention, to a tribunal of justice and mercy. I am told that Mrs. Wolstoncraft and Miss Williams are put under confinement; I should like to know if they and the rest of the English democrats in the same situation, still continue their high encomiums on the blessings of French liberty.