1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Wesley

Reginald Heber to R. J. Wilmot Horton, 26 May 1820; Moulton, Library of Literary Criticism (1901-05) 4:123.



My present theme is Southey's Life of Wesley — a theme much more copious, and one which interests me a good deal. How I shall succeed in it I do not yet know; it is no easy matter to give Wesley his due praise, at the same time that I am to distinguish all that was blamable in his conduct and doctrines; and it is a very difficult matter indeed to write on such a subject at all without offending one or both of the two fiercest and foolishest parties that ever divided a church — the High Churchmen and the Evangelicals.