1741 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Clarke

Elizabeth Montagu to Mrs. Donnellan, 1741; Emily J. Climenson, Elizabeth Montagu (1906) 1:91.



We have lost our divines, whose company we regret; there is great pleasure in conversing with people of such a turn as Dr. Young and Dr. Clarke; for the first there is nothing of speculation, either in the Terra Firma of Reason, or the Visionary province of fancy, into which he does not lead the imagination. In his conversation he examines everything, determines hardly anything, but leaves one's judgment at liberty. The other goes far into a subject, and seldom leaves the conclusion of an argument unfinished; he seems to me to have a very accurate judgment, and a very attentive observation of everything that comes within his view, and thus with the assistance of a happy memory, he has laid up a great stock of knowledge and experience.