1761 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Brown

Richard Hurd to William Warburton, 18 March 1761; in Letters of a Late eminent Prelate (1808) 238.



I am sorry for Dr. Brown. — It is very painful, as I have heard Mr. [Ralph] Allen say, with his usual tenderness and humanity, to hear these things of one, whom one has known and esteemed. But whatever inclination his spite to the family, rather than the value of the thing itself, might give him to hold the living, he must needs think himself obliged by the good advice of his friends. When he comes to cool a little, he cannot but perceive that both his ease and his honour require him to resign Horksley, after what had passed between him and his patron. But why is this deduction at Newcastle? It is impossible he should have disgusted the Corporation, already.