1753 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Dart

Horace Walpole to Richard Bentley, September 1753; Letters, ed. Cunningham (1906) 2:351.



Another promise I will make you is, that my love of abbeys shall not make me hate the Reformation till that makes me grow a Jacobite, like the rest of my antiquarian predecessors; of whom, Dart in particular wrote Billingsgate against Cromwell and the regicides; and Sir Robert Atkins concludes his summary of the Stuarts with saying, "that it is no reason, because they have been so, that this family should always continue unfortunate."