1758 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Coplestone Warre Bampfylde

William Shenstone to Richard Graves, 30 May 1758; Works (1769, 1777) 3:275-76.



The journies which my friends, and indeed physicians, propose to me, are what certainly bid fairest for the completion of my cure: yet there are many, many things, which, however unfit for the task, I must endeavour to adjust before I can leave home with any possibility of enjoyment. Need I mention any other than my cursed embarassment with D—; who, during my danger, was induced to stop proceedings; but is now beginning law afresh, and, by the removal of tenants from his share of the Harborough estate, has now wriggled himself into possession of one half of mine? However, I am not without hopes of seeing all terminated in a little time; nor entirely without a prospect of seeing you at Claverton this summer. That you may think this the more probable, I am pressed by two young gentlemen, whom I very much esteem, to accompany them on a visit to Mr. Bamfylde in Somersetshire. These gentlemen are, Mr. Dean and Mr. Knight. Perhaps you may have heard of Mr. Bamfylde, who is very much at Bath; is there with his lady, or has left the place but lately; and whose fortune, person, figure, and accomplishments, can hardly leave him long unnoticed in any place where he resides. Yet my visit to Estercomb must be of secondary consequence to me, whilst you live by the road-side.