1737 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elizabeth Elstob

George Ballard to Joseph Ames, 13 September 1737; Nichols, Illustrations of the Literary History of the XVIII Century (1817-58) 4:213.



I am not so happy as to possess any of Mr. Elstob's papers, and have only had the pleasure of perusing his manuscript Essay on Grammar, and a valuable MS. Sermon, preached at St. Swithun's, on Rogation Sunday, 1703.

I design, if possible, to make a tour to London this Winter, just to peep upon a few choice friends, and will bring Mrs. Elstob's Life of her Brother along with me, to pleasure you with. But you must be silent in the affair, for some particular reasons not proper here to be mentioned.

Besides the abovementioned Life, I have a dozen pieces of this fine accomplished gentlewoman's drawings, amongst which are the pictures of herself, Dr. Hickes, Mr. Dryden, and Johannes Ogilvius, &c. very masterly done, and, as I am told, have extraordinary true likenesses.