1818 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Peter Heylyn

Anonymous, "Anecdote of Heylin" in New Monthly Magazine 10 (October 1818) 229-30.



This celebrated man, soon after publishing his Geography of the World, accepted an invitation to spend a few weeks with a gentleman who lived on the New Forest, Hampshire; with directions where his servant should meet him to conduct him thither. As soon as he was joined by the gentleman's servant, they struck off into the thick of the Forest, and after riding for a considerable time, Mr. Heylin asked if that was the right road; and to his great astonishment received for an answer that the conductor did not know, but he had heard there was a very near cut to his master's house through the thicket; and he certainly thought, as Mr. Heylin had written The Geography of the World, that such a road could not have been unknown to him.