1859 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Russell Mitford

Anonymous, in Obituary of John Mitford in Gentleman's Magazine (July 1859) 85.



Mr. Mitford wrote some articles in the Quarterly Review. One of them was upon one of the early works of his namesake, Miss Mitford, of Reading: it was so spiced by Mr. Gifford the editor, that Dr. Mitford (her father) went in consequence to Mr. Murray, and challenged him to mortal combat. Mr. Mitford was afterwards on friendly terms with the lady; but she was not a relation, unless a very distant one. It is true that she claimed to be descended from the Mitfords of Mitford Castle; but her father had at one time written his name Midford.