1777 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Dodd

Elizabeth Montagu to Elizabeth Carter, 1777; Reginald Blunt, Mrs. Montagu, 1762-1800 (1923) 2:26.



It is difficult to say whether Dodd hanged or unhanged will disgrace the clergy most, but I rather think, as the punishment cannot further extend the knowledge of the crime, that cutting off this rotten branch will leave the body more entire. As to the Man himself, worthless as he is, one pitties him. He seems so little able too endure the chastisement his crimes have merited, that he is truly not worth hanging, a phrase I had always thought before too severe to be applied to any man. I think it will be decent to make the execution private.