1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry John Todd

Isaac D'Israeli to Lord Byron, 10 June 1822; Byron, Letters and Journals, ed. Rowland E. Prothero (1898-1901) 6:84.



There was "a Remonstrance to Mr. Murray" published, a huffing one, dull, and pompously insolent! — A puffy giant, but with legs too weak to bear him up! It was handed to me at Rivington's, with a mystifying insinuation of its high authentic source — by the style I thought it was from a country school-master; by the insinuation, from a Bishop! Murray now tells me that it is the heavy labour of Todd — a Doctor of the Sorbonne! — it would have been more to the purpose in the Xth Century, when Excommunication were in vogue. This Todd is that "Lourdane" who persisted in rising at five every morning to labour, or to belabour, on Milton and Spenser.