1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Horace Smith

Henry Crabb Robinson, 20 November 1812; Diary, Reminiscences, and Correspondence (1870; 1872) 1:209.



It is said that Lady — invited H. Twiss to dinner, and requested him to introduce an amusing friend or two. He thought of the authors of the Rejected Addresses, and invited James and Horace Smith and his brother to come in the evening of a day on which he himself was to dine with her ladyship. Smith wrote, in answer, that he was flattered by the polite invitation, but it happened unluckily that both he and his brother had a prior engagement at Bartholomew Fair — he to eat fire and his brother to swallow 200 yards of ribbon.