1774 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Dodd

Horace Walpole to the Countess of Ossory, 29 January 1774; Letters, ed. Cunningham (1906) 6:55.



I have not a tittle to tell you that can entertain you, unless you will allow yourself to be diverted with the confusion of a methodist, as I am, who hate those knaves. So does King George, who has ordered the pure, precise Dr. Dodd to be struck off the list of his chaplains, not for gallantry with a magdalen, as you would expect, but for offering a thumping bribe to my Lord Chancellor [Bathurst] for the fat living of St. George's [Hanover Square]. It is droll that a young comely divine should have fallen into the sin of Simon Magus, the founder of Simony. Perhaps, as the Doctor married Lord Sandwich's mistress, he had had enough of "des filles repenties."