1795 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Capel Lofft

Henry Crabb Robinson, 1795; Diary, Reminiscences, and Correspondence (1870; 1872) 1:16.



The most noticeable person I had ever been in company with was Capel Lofft — a gentleman of good family and estate — an author on an infinity of subjects; his books were on Law, History, Poetry, Antiquities, Divinity, and Politics. He was then an acting magistrate, having abandoned the profession of the Bar. He was one of the numerous answerers of Burke; and, in spite of a feeble voice and other disadvantages, an eloquent speaker. This faculty, combined with his rank and literary reputation, made him the object of my admiration.