1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Jerningham

Anna Seward to Mrs. Cotton, 15 June 1789; Letters, ed. Scott (1811) 2:283-84.



Lichfield, June 15, 1789.

My dear Mrs. C., your friend, Mr. Jerningham, honours me in his poetic present he sends. It consists of his last publication, Enthusiasm, and a smaller poem which passed the press in 1786 — originally written in the Album, at his brother's seat in Norfolk. It contains characters of highly tinted panegyric on the present Lady Jerningham, and on his mother, the late Lady; and it breathes a tender and agreeable spirit of local partiality. This gentleman is a very pleasing writer; a feeling heart, and an elegant imagination, seem to preside, with united influence, over his pen. Hence it is, that he succeeds much best in pathetic subjects. There are fine passages in the Enthusiasm; but it is not so dear and interesting to me as some of his other poems.