1832 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Lyttelton

John Taylor Esq., in Records of my Life (1832) 1:344.



The first Lord Lyttelton was very absent in company, and when he fell into a river by the oversetting of a boat, at Hagley, it was said of him that he had "sunk twice before he recollected he could swim." Mr. Jerningham told me, that dining one day with his lordship, the earl pointed to a particular dish, and asked to be helped of it, calling it, however, by a name very different from what the dish contained. A gentleman was going to tell him of his mistake. "Never mind," whispered another of the party; "help him to what he asked for, and he will suppose it is what he wanted."