1751 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Fielding

Richard Hurd to Thomas Balguy, 19 March 1751; in Francis Kilvert, Memoir of the Life and Writings of Richard Hurd (1860) 45.



I wish you had seen Mr. [Ralph] Allen. He comes up to the notion of my favourites in Queen Elizabeth's reign: good sense in conjunction with the plainest manners — "simplex et nuda veritas." I dined with him yesterday, where I met Mr. Fielding, — a poor, emaciated, worn-out rake, whose gout and infirmities have got the better even of his buffoonery.