1809 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Hannah More

Melesina Chenevix Trench to Mary Leadbeater, September 1809; Leadbeater Papers (1862) 2:171.



I have seen an interesting letter from Hannah More on the subject of Coelebs, and was greatly pleased with the candour and simplicity of her sentiments and style. She says it has gone through ten large editions, and has been the means of sending many readers to "the best of books;" but she apologises for the marks it bears of having been written when her health and spirits were somewhat impaired, and she owns that the lady may have been right who said it was "a bad novel, and a bad sermon."