1792 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charlotte Smith

John Bennet, in "Letters to a young Lady" American Museum [Philadelphia] 11 (January 1792) 11.



The little sonnets of miss Charlotte Smith are soft, pensive, sentimental and pathetic, as a woman's productions should be. The muses, if I mistake not, will, in time, raise her to a considerable eminence. She has, as yet, stepped forth only in little things, with a diffidence that is characteristic of real genius in its first attempts. Her next public entre may be more in style, and more consequential.