1775 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elizabeth Montagu

Horace Walpole to William Mason, 1775; Letters, ed. Cunningham (1906) 6:217.



The husband of Mrs. Montagu, of Shakespeareshire, is dead, and has left her an estate of seven thousand pounds a year in her own power. Will you come and be candidate for her heart? I conclude it will be given to a champion at some Olympic games; and were I she, I would sooner marry you than Pindar.