1806 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charlotte Smith

Charles Lamb to William Wordsworth, 26 June 1806; Works of Charles Lamb, ed. Lucas (1903-05) 6:354.



We supt with the Clarksons one night — Mrs. Clarkson pretty well. Mr. C. somewhat fidgety, but a good man. The Baby has been on a visit to Mrs. Charlotte Smith, Novelist and morals-trainer, but is returned. A ludicrous thought struck me. These two Ladies have both, as you may have seen, great bxttxms. I fancied upon their first meeting and salutation, while the Ladies were bowing and kissing, the two bxttxms saluting and doing the honour of a first meeting independently; as I have seen, or fancy to have seen, when two great Ladies have met on a country visit, their two housekeepers at the same instant in the store-room saluting and doing equal courtesies in separate formality.