1784 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Hannah More

James Beattie to William Forbes, 31 July 1784; Forbes, Life and Writings of James Beattie (1806) 2:146-47.



I have just now before me Miss Hannah More's Sacred Dramas, which I borrowed from Lady Twisden, and in which I observe that she has marked her favourite passages with a nicety of selection, that does great honour to her heart, as well as to her judgment. By the by, Miss More is an author of very considerable merit. My curiosity to see her works was excited by Johnson, who told me, with great solemnity, that she was "the most powerful versificatrix in the English language."