1749 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Francis Atterbury

Horace Walpole to Horace Mann, 17 May 1749; in Letters, ed. Cunningham (1906) 2:158.



Is it not known that the moment the queen was expired, Atterbury proposed to go in his lawn sleeves and proclaim the Pretender at Charing Cross, but Bolingbroke's heart failing him, Atterbury swore, "There was the best cause in Europe lost for want of spirit!"