1836 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Felicia Hemans

Mary Russell Mitford to Miss Jephson, 29 April 1836; L'Estrange, Life of Mary Russell Mitford (1870) 2:171.



On her dying bed Mrs. Hemans used to recur to my descriptions of natural scenery, and meant if she had lived to have inscribed to me a volume of prose recollections, which she intended to have published. This would have been a very high honor; but perhaps there is a quiet, sad, serene, gratification in the private consciousness of such an intention, even more gratifying than the public distinction, and certainly more pure. She was a charming woman; and so is my friend Mary Howitt.