1754 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton

Joseph Spence to Thomas Warton, 2 November 1754; Wooll, Biographical Memoirs of Joseph Warton (1806) 226-27.



Nov. 2d, 1754.

Dear Sir,

What will you think is become to me, that I have not thanked you for your kind letter in all this time? Why, to tell you the very truth, I have either been out upon some journey, or full of visitors at home, for this whole summer. I had first a long journey into the North; two or three clays after my return hither, I was invited to Mr. Herbert's, in Brook-street, for a fortnight: and on my road from thence met with a message to desire that I wou'd attend Lord Lincoln to Cheltenham Wells, in Glocestershire; that took up five or six weeks; and when that was over, Captain Rolle (to whom I inclose this, because I don't know where to be sure of you) was so good as to come hither. So all my time has been entirely taken up very agreeably indeed; but I am sorry it has prevented me of the pleasure that you and your Brother were so good as to design me, and has made me seem ungrateful so long.

Yours gave me a great deal of sincere pleasure, on all accounts; for I think the University has done honor to itself, in giving honor to such a man. As my summer has been so much taken up, if this place shou'd lie at all in the way of you or your Brother, or rather both, it would be a kind and charitable thing to look in upon one in the winter. I am his and your oblig'd humble servant,

J. SPENCE.