1809 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Brown

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, in The Friend (1809-10); Table Talk, ed. Shedd (1884) 237n.



A fastidious taste, it is true, will find offence in the occasional vulgarisms, or what we now call "slang," which not a few of our writers, shortly after the Restoration of Charles the Second, seem to have affected as a mark of loyalty. These instances [in Lord North], however, are but a trifling drawback. They are not sought for, as is too often and too plainly done by L'Estrange, Collyer, Tom Brown, and their imitators.