1753 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Matthew Pilkington

Anonymous, in Cibber-Shiels, Lives of the Poets (1753) 5:316.



Our poetess [Laetitia Pilkington], says she, had not been long married, e'er Mr. Pilkington became jealous, not of her person, but her understanding. She was applauded by dean Swift, and many other persons of taste; every compliment that was paid her, gave a mortal stab to his peace. Behold the difference between the lover and the husband! When Mr. Pilkington courted her, he was not more enamoured of her person, than her poetry, he shewed her verses to every body in the enthusiasm of admiration; but now he was become a husband, it was a kind of treason for a wife to pretend to literary accomplishments.