1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Hawkesworth

Charles Lamb to Thomas Manning, 26 February 1808; Letters, ed. Thomas Noon Talfourd (1837) 1:305.



Your letter had many things in it hard to be understood, the puns were ready and Swift-like; but don't you begin to be melancholy in the midst of Eastern customs! "The mind does not easily conform to foreign usages, even in trifles: it requires something that it has been familiar with." That begins one of Dr. Hawkesworth's papers in the Adventurer, and is, I think, as sensible a remark as ever fell from the Doctor's mouth.