1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Jane West

Francis William Blagdon, in Flowers of Literature for 1806 (1807) lx.



Mrs. West may truly be denominated a moral writer. Her Letters to a young Man have now been some years before the public; and we are happy to find that the present performance [Letters to a Young Lady] will rather increase than diminish her well-acquired fame. The female character is of so much consequence to the well-being and almost to the existence of society, that we cannot feel too grateful to this lady for her exertions. In these volumes, we find the conduct and characters of women so admirably discussed, in almost every point of view, that we recommend them most cordially to every female who is desirous to enjoy the esteem of the virtuous, and to every parent anxious for the welfare, happiness, and honour of his child.