1783 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Horace Walpole

Hannah More to her sister, 1783; Memoirs of Hannah More (1835) 1:165.



We dined the other day at Strawberry Hill, and passed as delightful a day as elegant literature, high breeding, and lively wit can afford. As I was the greatest stranger, Mr. Walpole devoted himself to my amusement with great politeness, but I have so little of virtu and antiquarianism about me that I really felt myself quite unworthy of all the trouble he took for me.