1779 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Chesterfield

Vicesimus Knox, in Essays Moral and Literary (1779) 2:63.



The late Lord Chesterfield, though justly decried as a moral instructor, is admired as a writer of peculiar elegance. No man more closely and successfully imitated the French, in every circumstance. Like them, he writes with perspicuity, vivacity, and that gracefulness which is sure to please, and which he so strenuously recommends.