1816 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Isaac D'Israeli

Washington Irving, 1816 ca.; Samuel Smiles, in A Publisher and his Friends: Memoir of John Murray (1891) 2:127.



I had a very pleasant dinner at Murray's. I met there D'Israeli.... D'Israeli's wife and daughter came in the course of the evening, and we did not adjourn until twelve o'clock. I had a long tete-a-tete with old D'Israeli in a corner. He is a very pleasant, cheerful old fellow, curious about America, and evidently tickled at the circulation his works have had there, though, like most authors just now, he groans at not being able to participate in the profits.