1818 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hayley

Melesina Chenevix Trench to Mary Leadbeater, 11 September 1818; in Remains of Mrs. Richard Trench (1862).



Mr. Hayley received me with the most cordial politeness, showed me beautiful miniatures and pictures of all kinds; fine portraits of Gibbon, Cowper, Charlotte Smith, Romney, and an enamelled miniature from his own Serena. He was politely pleased with my songs, and made me give him seven, at two intervals of my visit. He showed a strong desire to amuse, and succeeded — and would have equally succeeded with less exertion.