1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Moses Browne

Augustus Toplady to Mr. G. F., 19 November 1773; in Richard Polwhele, Reminiscences in Prose and Verse (1836) 2:46.



Shall I question the piety of good old Mr. Moses Brown, because he finds a pleasure in angling for trouts and eels? He shewed me, when I was last in London, some sheets of the new edition (since published) of his Eclogues on Fishing. He is fond of that recreation himself, and as fond of instructing others in it. Is he therefore ungodly? Or, permit me to ask, is there half so much loss of time, at a pool of quadrille, as an angler's hook and line are attended with? I must add — Which has least cruelty in it? The depriving real fishes of life by the most excruciating torture; or the playing for fishes made of ivory or mother of pearl?