1826 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Harrison Ainsworth

Walter Scott, 17 October 1826; Lockhart, Life of Scott (1837-38; 1902) 5:4.



I read with interest, during my journey, Sir John Chiverton and Brambletye House — novels, in what I may surely claim as the style

Which I was born to introduce—
Refined it first, and show'd its use.

They are both clever books — one in imitation of the days of chivalry — the other (by Horace Smith, one of the authors of Rejected Addresses) dated in the time of the Civil Wars, and introducing historical characters.