1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry Francis Cary

John Nichols to Henry Francis Cary, 17 November 1788; in Memoir of Henry Francis Cary (1847) 1:21.



Nov. 17, 1788.

SIR,

I am much obliged by your polite note of the 12th, and for the kindness you express in wishing to have seen me. My post-haste flight deprived me of that pleasure, which I should otherwise gladly have enjoyed. My visit to the delightful Muse* was not of half an hour.

Your Ode shall certainly have place immediately. And now let me make you a request in behalf of our old acquaintance, Mr. Urban — that you would try your Ulysses' bow in a sonnet, or any other mode of address you may prefer, to prefix to his Preface to the "Gentleman's Magazine." It is a task which Mr. Duncombe used to delight in, and which Johnson himself has not disdained to engage in. Perhaps your friend Mr. Weston might turn his thoughts that way, or even the Muse herself, if such a bagatelle happened to be in leisure.

Believe me, sir, with much esteem,

J. NICHOLS.

* Miss Seward.