1804 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Jerningham

Lady Jerningham to Lady Bedingfield, 14 December 1804; The Jerningham Letters (1896) 1:255.



Your Uncle [Edward Jerningham] has written a pamphlet to prove that we are not born in Sin. He has a mind to attack all Christendom at once. If we were not Stained with our first progenitors' ill doing there was no Call for a Redeemer and all the Mysteries belonging or rather proceeding from the Incarnation of the Son of God, Baptism is unnecessary; in short he wishes to lay the Foundation of Belief. I am very sorry that He will not Remain with his poetical Muse, from whence many pretty things have come forth. Adieu my dear.