1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elizabeth Elstob

Rowe Mores, in Gentleman's Magazine 68 (August 1798) 653.



Miss Elstob was a Northern lady, of an antient family and a genteel fortune; but she continued too much, the drug called Learning, and in that pursuit failed of being careful of any one thing necessary. In her latter years she was tutoress in the family of the Duke of Portland, where we have visited her in her sleeping-room at Bulstrode, surrounded with books and dirtiness, the usual appendages of folk of learning. But if any one desires to see her as she was when she was the favourite of Dr. Hudson and the Oxonians, they may view her portraiture in the initial "G" of The English-Saxon Homily on the Birth-day of St. Gregory.