1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Christopher Anstey

Hannah More to her sister, 1785; Memoirs of Hannah More (1835) 1:228.



I have had a great deal of conversation with Mr. Anstey. I found him obliging and polite, but he is one of those poets who are better to read than to see. I think him a real genius in the way of wit and humour: but he appears to be of a shy and silent cast, and to prefer the quite solemnity of a whist-table to talking parties.