1781 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Beilby Porteus

Hannah More, 1781; Memoirs of Hannah More (1835) 1:122-23.



I had a great deal of conversation with the Bishop of Chester (Dr. Porteus), who is an excellent critic, and perfectly to my taste; he is, moreover, a very good man. I hope great popularity, and the estimation in which his company is held, will not spoil him, nor make him relax; it requires a steady head to stand so high without being giddy. We little folks below, that walk quietly in the vale, know nothing of the danger, and are therefore pert and censorious.