1751 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Richardson

Thomas Edwards to Samuel Richardson, 8 May 1751; Correspondence of Samuel Richardson, ed. Barbauld (1804) 3:22-23.



I love you for your epithets. I was going to say you should have been a poet: but that would have been a blunder indeed; for you are a poet, and a noble one; and were not your genius above dancing in shackles, as Dryden calls it, you would put down all us verse-taggers. "These vamping booksellers!" I thank you for that, Mr. Richardson; and I thank you too, which I should have done before, for your "daughters of the card-table" in a former letter.