1832 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Isaac D'Israeli

William Lisle Bowles to Philip Bliss, 26 May 1832; Garland Greever, A Wiltshire Parson and his Friends (1926) 136.



Some days ago I wrote to my friend the President of Trinity, mentioning the name of Mr. D'Israeli, author of the commentaries of the reign of Charles 1st, as a person, from literature, and independence, and fortune, and especially his last work, in every way worthy to receive the honorary academical distinction of L.L.D. I have heard nothing from Dr. Ingram on the subject, and almost suspect I may have made some mistake as to my direction in town. I therefore write a few lines on the subject directly to you, requesting you will inform me, as far as from your constant intercourse with the members of convocation you might be enlisted to judge, whether in these days of malignancy against church and state, it would not be creditable to the university adorn'd by Clarendon and Sheldon, to offer some honorary distinction to the best historical defender of that king who died for our altars.