1842 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hayley

Mary Russell Mitford to Miss Barrett, 24 March 1842; L'Estrange, Life of Mary Russell Mitford (1870) 2:242-43.



I confess that I do love all that identifies and individualizes character — the warts upon Cromwell's face, which, like a great man as he was, he would not allow the artist to omit when painting his portrait. Therefore I like Hayley, and therefore I was a goose of the first magnitude, when, for a moment, just by way of gaining for the poor bard a portion of your good graces (for I did not want to gain for him the applause of the public — he had it, and lost it), I wished his editor to have un-Hayley'd him by wiping away some of the affectations — the warts — no — the rouge, upon his face.