1728 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Spence

Christopher Pitt to William Duncombe, 6 July 1728; Duncombe, Letters of Eminent Persons (1772; 1773) 2:12-13.



You desire me to recommend a tutor to your nephew. If he is designed for a gentleman-commoner, I would recommend him to New-college, (for we take no commoners) and to Mr. Spence, a fellow of the house, for his tutor. I need not enter upon his character, which is very well known; he has a more extensive character, than you insist upon in your letter. I believe he is about my age; and he is the completest scholar, either in solid or polite learning, for his years, that I ever knew. Besides, he is the sweetest-tempered gentleman breathing.