1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Cosens

Horace Walpole to the Countess of Ossory, 4 July 1785; Letters, ed. Cunningham (1906) 8:569.



The parson of Teddington and his wife were robbed, at half-an-hour after nine last night, by three footpads, with pistols, at my back gate. My housekeeper heard the bustle from her room that is over the Holbein chamber. I was in the Library, but knew nothing of the matter till to-day. It is agreeable to have banditti at one's doors!