1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Polwhele

John Wilson Croker, Diary Entry, 5 March 1820; The Croker Papers, ed. Louis J. Jennings (1884) 1:151.



March 5th. — Had a visit from Mr. Polwhele, the poet and historian of Devon and Cornwall; he is in a peck of troubles about his church which he began to repair without proper authority, and his parishioners are now threatening him with law. He appears, like most of the old race of poets, to have very little worldly wisdom. Our modern bards understand the "main chance," as it is called.