1783 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Lewis Bagot

Richard Polwhele to J. T., 18 March 1783; in Reminiscences in Prose and Verse (1836) 1:40-41.



Oxford, March 18, 1783.

DEAR SIR,

... In a late work, Dr. Priestly with great insolence, observed of Bagot: "Change one letter of his name, (the "a" for an "i") and you have his true character." Dr. Bagot (Bishop of Bristol) sent him Letter on the Sacrament to Dr. Bell, in MS. Bell begged him to publish it. It is said that Bagot betrays a partiality for men of rank. But Lowth, the Bishop of London's son, and Judge Willes's two sons, were rusticated last term in consequence of their irregularity.