1856 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. John Aikin

Samuel Rogers, in Table Talk (1856) 81.



At a dinner party, where I was, Fox met Aikin, "I am greatly pleased with your Miscellaneous Pieces, Mr. Aikin," said Fox (alluding to the volume written partly by Aikin, and partly by his sister Mrs. Barbauld). Aikin bowed. "I particularly admire," continued Mr. Fox, "your essay Against Inconstancy in our Expectations." "That," replies Aikin, "is my sister's." "I like much," resumed Fox, "your essay 'On Monastic Institutions.'" "That," answered Aikin, "is also my sisters." Fox thought it best to say no more about the book.