1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Melmoth

Charles Lamb to Mr. Manning, 21 August 1800; Thomas Noon Talfourd, Literary Sketches and Letters ... of Charles Lamb (1849) 76-77.



I am going to ask a favour of you, and am at a loss how to do it in the most delicate manner. For this purpose I have been looking into Pliny's Letters, who is noted to have had the best grace in begging of all the ancients (I read him in the elegant translation of Mr. Melmoth), but not finding any case there exactly similar to mine, I am constrained to beg in my own barbarian way. To come to the point, then, and hasten into the middle of things; have you a copy of your Algebra to give away?