1818 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Beloe

W. Pepys to Hannah More, 17 February 1818; Memoirs of Hannah More (1835) 2:266.



You found, I perceive, The Sexagenarian as dull as I did; but as one of our friends used to tell us that there was no book which did not contain something to remember, so was I perfectly rewarded for reading through that by Parson's incomparable dialogue between Miss Seward and Hagley; you recollect Lord Orford's similar instance of a dull book, in which a lover told his mistress that if he had as many lives as Plutarch, he would risk them all for her.