1750 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Richardson

William Shenstone to Richard Jago, 15 March 1750; Works (1769) 3:188.



I cannot write, I cannot think. I can just muster up attention enough to give orders to my workmen; I saunter about my grounds, take snuff, and read Clarissa. This last part of my employment threatens to grow extremely tedious: not but the author is a man of genius and nice observation; but he might be less prolix.