1810 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Russell Mitford

Samuel Jackson Pratt to John Mitford, 2 October 1810; L'Estrange, Friendships of Mary Russell Mitford (1882) 37-38.



Your daughter's very amiable and interesting book is quite a refreshment to my spirit, wearied on the one hand by labor and on the other by pain; for it would be in vain to tell you how I have occupied my mind on the before-mentioned theme, and this was the very volume to lead me sweetly and softly from myself to many charming scenes, conducted by the hand of virtue and genius.