1849 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Horace Walpole

Leigh Hunt, in A Book for a Corner (1849); Moulton, Library of Literary Criticism (1901-05) 4:313.



A wit he was of the first water; effeminate too, no doubt, though he prided himself on his open-breasted waistcoats in his old age, and possessed exquisite good sense and discernment, where party-feelings did not blind him. But of the charge of heartlessness, his zeal and painstaking in behalf of a hundred people, and his beautiful letter to his friend Conway, in particular, offering, in a way not to be doubted, to share his fortune with him, ought to acquit him by acclamation.