1784 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Beattie

Robert Potter to Edward Jerningham, 3 February 1784; Lewis Bettany, Edward Jerningham and his Friends (1919) 340.



Mrs. Montagu has forsaken me: I have not been honoured with a line from her since June last. She does not how much this mortifies me; but I am happy to hear she is well. — My last letter from Dr. Beattie is of the 27th November. He says in a P.S. "I beg my best respects to Mr. Jerningham." He sent me a little head of Gray sketched by him in a Scotch inn with a bad pen and on bad paper in September, 1765. His health, I fear, is very bad. I want to write to him; it will be a good deed of you to send me a little tight frank, folded the size of this letter, to Dr. B., Aberdeen, Scotland.