1952 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. George Butt

Mary Alden Hopkins, in Dr. Johnson's Lichfield (1952) 59-60.



Mary, the loveliest of the Woodhouse girls, had become engaged to George Butt, the Prince Charming of the Cathedral Close. Mary died. After an interval, George Butt's father and Martha Sherwood's father arranged a marriage between the handsome young man and the ugly duckling. George, whose true love was dead, took Martha and her uncomely face and figure, her brilliant mind and her ten thousand pounds. It was not a happy marriage, but the children inherited the mother's brains and the father's looks. Mary Martha, who wrote books, was the oldest of the brood; following the Lichfield endogamous custom, she married her cousin, Sherwood, and is known to fame and posterity as Mary Martha Butt Sherwood.