1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Pennant

Horace Walpole to William Cole, 1 June 1782; Letters, ed. Cunningham (1906) 8:227.



I have just finished Mr. Pennant's new volume [The journey from Chester to London], parts of which amused me; though I knew every syllable that was worth knowing before, for there is not a word of novelty; and it is tiresome his giving such long extracts out of Dugdale and other common books, and telling one long stories about all the most celebrated characters in the English history, besides panegyrics on all who showed him their houses: but the prints are charming; though I cannot conceive why he gave one of the Countess of Cumberland, who never did anything worth memory, but recording the very night on which she conceived.