1787 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Warton

Hannah More to Elizabeth Montagu, 24 August 1787; Reginald Blunt, Mrs. Montagu, 1762-1800 (1923) 2:213.



I know you will think it a very pretty circumstance when I tell you that I have Dr. Warton, not Thomas of Oxenford, but Joseph of Winton in my neighbourhood; he has lost none of that delightful enthusiasm which makes him so singularly pleasant. He has been gallanting so much with the Wood Nymphs of this picturesque country, of whom he is passionately enamoured that he has laid himself up with the gout; and is consuming the remnant of his too short holidays on his couch. He talks of Mrs. Montagu and Sandleford with the old raptures.