1757 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Whitehead

Richard Hurd to William Mason, 21 December 1757; in Correspondence of Hurd and Mason, ed. Pearce and Whibley (1932) 42.



We are perfectly satisfied, or rather delighted, with every part of your and Mr. G[ray]'s conduct, with regard to the Lawrell. It could not be for the credit of either of you to accept it. And, to tell you my plain mind, it should not have been offered. But great men never think greatly. As to W[hitehead] we hope he will succeed, and are of opinion that the thing is more suitable to his situation and character. He has lost his dignity long since by throwing himself into a dependance, without a Profession. Besides you know my opinion (tho' I have the greatest esteem and value for his other virtues) that he has no great poetical dignity to sustain. On the whole, tho' I would not for a Bishoprick have seen your temples entwined with this tarnished lawrel, I shall rejoyce to see it flourish on his head.