1754 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Duncombe

Thomas Herring to William Duncombe, 21 March 1754; Letters from ... Dr. Thomas Herring, Lord Archbishop of Canterbury (1777) 145-46.



Croydon-house, March 21, 1754.

DEAR SIR,

You sent me a very agreeable present, for which we all thank you, particularly a reading lady, who is enamoured with Sir Charles Grandison, and takes pride in seeing justice done to the character of her sex. The whole of the poem is very ingenious, but I must separate the conclusion of it for particular commendation. I fancy your son, among other reasons, might have one good-natured one, in styling the poem the Feminead, viz. to wrest the term out of the hands of libellers, as the Dunciad, (that peevish effort of wit and inhumanity) the Epriscopade, and another "ade," about the lawyers; and I cannot think of a single word so apropos to his design; but I could have wished he had found means to inscribe it to the good dutchess of Somerset.

I hope the severity of the weather is going off, and that invalids may soon venture to quit the fire-side, and warm themselves in the sun.

Your assured friend,

THO. CANTUAR.