1851 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges

Robert Pearse Gillies, in Memoirs of a Literary Veteran (1851) 3:195.



My recollections of Sir Egerton during a literary intercourse of twenty-five years would require a separate volume, and I cannot at present write more than another page. But my remembrance is fresh and vivid of his kind and hospitable reception; — how many times in the course of that short evening, when "hours were thought down to moments," he reverted to the question, "Do not leave us, — do not go to-morrow;" and, when I urged dire necessity, added, "But, at all events, fix your day for coming again," and with what kind earnestness Lady Brydges proposed that my family would make Lee Priory their country quarters for next summer, "as at least there was room enough, and Sir Egerton would be so glad."