1792 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Polwhele

Vicesimus Knox to Richard Polwhele, 30 April 1792; Polwhele, Traditions and Recollections (1826) 1:292-93.



Tunbridge, Apr. 30, 1792.

REV. SIR,

Your letter cannot but afford me great satisfaction. To be approved by men of acknowledged abilities, must be a flattering circumstance. I have read several of your poems with great pleasure; and the present you intend to make me, will be very acceptable. The book [Poems, chiefly by Gentlemen of Devonshire and Cornwall] is not yet come to my hands. I delayed answering your letter a few days, thinking I might receive it. But I was fearful lest a longer delay might have the appearance of neglect; and therefore I have resolved to acknowledge your favour previously to the receipt of the book, which, I have no doubt, will be a valuable addition to my little library.

Give me leave to thank you for this mark of your esteem, and believe me to be, with real respect, your obliged humble servant,

V. KNOX.