1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elizabeth Montagu

James Beattie, 1800; in Mrs. Montagu, 1762-1800 (1923) 2:347.



Ever since 1771, when I first became acquainted with her she has been a faithful and affectionate friend, especially in seasons of distress and difficulty.... I need not tell you what an excellent writer she was; you must have seen her book on Shakespeare.... I have known several ladies eminent in literature, but she excelled them all; and in conversation she had more wit than any other person male or female, whom I have known.... She was a sincere Christian both in faith and practice, and took every proper opportunity to show it, so that by her example and influence she did much good.