1776 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Polwhele

John Wolcot to Richard Polwhele, 1776 ca.; Polwhele, Traditions and Recollections (1826) 1:52.



Do send me my ditties. Miss F. must be a dull scholar, indeed, if she hath not read 'em. Take 'em away from her; they'll spoil her: girls need not tutors to communicate romantic ideas. I am just writing to Tom Warton. If you've a mind to know what 'tis, leave one moment your studies, and descend from your Helicon, alias spider-loft, and come and see.

Since I saw you I have been in company with a beautiful lady, who is particularly acquainted with the author of "The Visions in Verse," [Nathaniel Cotton] and his elegant daughter, to whom they are addrest. If you possess the first volume of Madame Maintenon's History, you'll oblige me by sending it.

J. W.

6 o'clock.