1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Congreve

Charles Lamb to Thomas Manning, 26 February 1808; in Letters, ed. Thomas Noon Talfourd (1837) 1:305.



You know Congreve's repulse which he gave to Voltaire, when he came to visit him as a "literary man," that he wished to be considered only in the light of a private gentleman. I think the impertinent Frenchman was properly answered. I should just serve any member of the French Institute in the same manner, that wished to be introduced to me.