1810 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Jackson Pratt

Mary Russell Mitford to her father, 4 April 1810; L'Estrange, Life of Mary Russell Mitford (1870) 1:86-87.



Will you make my grateful acknowledgments to Mr. Pratt for his kind approbation of my trifling volume, and for his own elegant verses, which I most anxiously expect. He is a steady Royalist, I know, and surely he ought not to have omitted our beautiful and kingly country in his charming Gleanings. I am not quite disinterested in wishing him to repair this omission, for we should have then the pleasure of seeing him. Do not forget to ask if he has sung the praises of greyhounds, the most graceful and the most attached of all the canine race.