1758 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Spence

William Shenstone to Richard Graves, 22 July 1758; Works (1769) 3:316.



Mr. Dodsley and Mr. Spence have been here and stayed a week with me. The former was in certain hopes of seeing you in town but I do not find that he either saw or heard from you, which adds to the anxiety.

I have seen few whom I like so much, upon so little acquaintance, as Mr. Spence; extremely polite, friendly, chearful, and master of an infinite fund of subjects for agreeable conversation. Had my affairs permitted me, they had certainly drawn me with them to Scotland; whither they are gone, for about a month, upon a journey of curiosity.