1811 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anna Seward

Walter Scott to Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe, 27 October 1811; Letters from and to Charles Kirkpatrick Sharp (1888) 1:476.



I have not yet read Miss Seward's letters. God knows I had enough of them when she lived — for she did not imitate the ancient Romans in brevity. If my curt and comical letters had been published (which heaven forbid!), our correspondence would have been exactly the dialogue between Aldiborontefoscofornio and Rigdumfunnidos. Yet she was an uncommon woman; and bating her conceit and pedantry, had some excellent points about her. Had she mingled more in general society, and been less the directress of a little circle, we should have had less "tracasserie" and more good sense in her letters.