1858 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Hannah More

Cyrus Redding, in Fifty Years' Recollections (1858) 1:142-43.



Hannah Moore had just published her "Coelebs in Search of a Wife." That such a work should have gone through many editions, must be ascribed to the author's previous writings now nearly forgotten. She exerted herself extensively in the cause of common sense and benevolence, but I thought her somewhat presumptuous to meddle with a state in life of which she had no experience. I had an introduction to her, being at Clifton, and called, but did not find her at home. Her residence was some distance away. She advocated, at that moment, I well remember, the education of the poor. Too many of the clergy were virulent against her upon that account; they said it would derange social order. This was before Lancaster promulgated his scheme of instruction. How different now is the conduct of the clergy — how pleasing to see the school of the parish in its place. I remember that, at the time I was at Clifton, they were excavating the Bristol docks, and driving piles for the gates next the Avon.