1755 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Gilbert West

Elizabeth Montagu to Gilbert West, 26 June 1755; Montagu, Letters (1809, 1813) 3:295-96.



Hence, loathed melancholy! I will have none of it. I hear that the Squire of Dames [Mr. Torriano] has at last found a Florimel worthy of his matrimonial vows; I wish him happiness; he has delicacy enough to make him very happy or very miserable, and restlessness enough to be very uneasy in a state too insipid to allow of neither; if Miss Scudamore (for that is her name,) has as many amiable qualities as our friend, they may be extremely happy. I could not hear anything particular concerning her character or fortune, but only that she had been handsome, and it was on both sides a marriage of inclination.