1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Jane West

Robert Nares to Thomas Percy, 28 August 1802; Nichols, Illustrations of the Literary History of the XVIII Century (1817-1858) 7:597-98.



In coming to this place [Lichfield] we made a circuit by Cambridgeshire, and paid a visit of three days to Dr. Smith, Mrs. Nares's father. This new modelled our whole route, and brought us hither by Huntingdon, Thrapston, Kettering, Market Harborough, &c. We passed a night a the last-mentioned place, and I was determined not to lose the opportunity of becoming acquainted with Mrs. West. Mrs. Nares and I therefore waited upon her soon after our arrival, and made her a visit of some length. From our previous knowledge of each other as writers, we were easily acquainted, and I had great pleasure in conversing with a lady whose excellent talents and disposition are so clearly displayed in her writings. We talked of you first, and afterwards of various other topics; and I hope that if any thing brings her to London she will not forget to inquire for the British Museum.