1787 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Jane Bowdler

Anna Seward to Francis Noel Clarke Mundy, 10 October 1787; Letters, ed. Scott (1811) 1:341.



A perusal of the posthumous works of that sweet suffering saint, Miss Bowdler, has pleased me much. If they contain no great resplendence of genius, nor curious novelty of ideas, we yet feel our hearts and our understandings serenely warmed and gratified by the effusions of a pure, a gentle, a cultivated mind, which throws a soft, agreeable, and useful light over every subject on which it descants.