1809 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

H. Burrington to Richard Polwhele, 1 June 1809; Polwhele, Traditions and Recollections (1826) 2:629.



June 1, 1809.

MY DEAR FRIEND,

*** According to the newspapers you have succeeded with the Chancellor, and I heartily wish you may long live to enjoy your preferment. Let me know the history of your success.

Had I been able to go to Lichfield last week, I should have purchased, no doubt, many of Miss Seward's books, which were sold by public auction; amongst the number was the copy you gave her of your "Local Attachment," and I understand she had filled it with notes, and various observations. A friend purchased for me Hayley's Life of Cowper, and his Letters, and I find every page crowded with criticisms. I have been much entertained with their perusal; but it is evident she hated Cowper. I pity her!

Yours, &c.

B.