1811 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Jane West

Thomas Percy to Jane West, 5 January 1811; Nichols, Illustrations of the Literary History of the XVIII Century (1817-1858) 8:425-26.



The Bishop of Dromore presents his kind respects to Mrs. West, whose obliging letter from Doncaster, containing a very entertaining and interesting account of her travels through Scotland and the North of England, ought long since to have been acknowledged; but he deferred writing, in hopes something might occur to him on the subject of her next intended novel, which she so judiciously proposes shall afford an encouragement for loyalty and a reward for merit, by terminating happily in some worthy sufferer for the Royal cause, from the prosperous result of the Restoration. The more he has considered the subject, the more he is convinced of its propriety and adaptation to her views, as well as to the present times; yet no particular incident or character for her choice has fallen within his notice since she left him; but Lord Clarendon's History of the Rebellion might probably afford her both. That excellent writer, whom Warburton calls "Lord Chancellor of Human Nature," has given so large a display of the events which occurred at that period, and so copious a delineation of the characters concerned in it, that Mrs. West will probably find something of each fit for her purpose.