1758 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Sheffield

Horace Walpole, 1758; in Works (1798) 1:436.



It is said that he wrote in hopes of being confounded with his predecessor in the title; but he would more easily have been mistaken with the other Buckingham, if he had never written at all. He was descended from lord Sheffield ... had a great deal of bravery, and understood a court. Queen Anne, who undoubtedly had no turn to gallantry, yet so far resembled her predecessor Elizabeth, as not to dislike a little homage to her person. — This duke was immediately rewarded on her accession, for having made love to her before her marriage. Though attached to the house of Stuart and their principles, he maintained a dignity of honour in some points, independent of all connections; for he ridiculed king James's religion, though he attended him to his chapel.