1809 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Jane Bowdler

Melesina Chenevix Trench to Mary Leadbeater, 3 October 1809; Leadbeater Papers (1862) 2:173.



I am glad you are to appear again before the public. Your verses in Miss Bowdler's Fragments breathe that softness, taste, and refinement which characterize all you have written. What a character is drawn in that little volume of your angelic friend Elizabeth Smith, who shines a bright luminary amongst our brighest females. Even without her learning she would have been admirable. Miss Bowdler has cheated the London world into reading two improving and religious works, while they only sought for memoirs of an interesting girld, and a little gossip relative to Klopstock.