1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hamilton of Bangour

G. R., in Joseph Robertson, Lives of the Scottish Poets (1822) 2:1:87-88.



The "Jeanie Stewart," of whom he speaks so lamentingly in the letter before quoted, complained to Mr. Home [Lord Kames], that she was teazed with Hamilton's dangling attentions, which she was convinced had no serious aim, and hinted an earnest wish to get rid of him. "You are his friend," said she, "tell him, he exposes both himself and me to the ridicule of our acquaintance." "No, madam," said Mr. Home, who knew how to appreciate the fervor of Hamilton's passion, "you shall accomplish this cure yourself, and by the simplest method. Dance with him at tonight's assembly, and shew him every mark of your kindness, as if you believed his passion sincere, and had resolved to favour his suit. Take my word for it, you'll hear no more of him." The lady adopted the counsel, and the success of the experiment was complete.