1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Thelwall

Mary Russell Mitford to Sir William Elford, 12 September 1819; L'Estrange, Life of Mary Russell Mitford (1870) 1:315.



Mr. Hofland is just now setting out on a tourification along the banks of the Seine with no less a person than Mr. Thelwall, the orator and Democrat. One is to write and the other to sketch; and they have bound themselves down to talk no politics. Mrs. [Barbara] Hofland is not a little astonished at this conjuction; her spouse being a Tory, not at all given to holding his tongue, and the other a talker by profession. She expects nothing less than a battle royal. I expect no such thing.