1754 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Gilbert West

Thomas Edwards to Samuel Richardson, 1 August 1754; Correspondence of Samuel Richardson, ed. Barbauld (1804) 3:95-96.



... Another most tempting party I fear I shall not have the opportunity of accepting. I have strong invitations from a friend at Lee, near Greenwich, to spend a little time with him, and from thence to pay my duty to Mr. Gilbert West, a gentleman the honour of whose acquaintance I have long desired, and to whose house the Speaker designed to have carried me with him some time ago, had not a slight indisposition prevented him. I grieves me much to lose such opportunities, which God knows whether I may ever live to retrieve; but I must, I ought to be contented to do what I can, where I cannot do what I would.

My respects to Mrs. Richardson, to all your dear girls, natural and adopted; and all else who remember

Your

THOS. EDWARDS.