1664 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Beaumont

Henry More to Lady Conway (ca. 1664-65); Conway Letters, ed. Nicholson (1930) 233.



That other book so long threaten'd against me [Beaumont's Some Observations upon the Apologie of Dr. Henry More], I found here ready to welcome me to London, with the judgment not onely of him that sent it me, but of the whole University as I am informed, viz. That it is the most villainous libell for insolency and the ordures of language, for wrathfulness and maliciousness of spiritt, for the perpetuall cavillings of its pretended reasonings that ever saw the light with the name of an Authour and leave of an Imprimatur. This is the character relation that goes of it (as I am inform'd) generally at the University. And I thank God I am not a jott mov'd with the abuse of the writer. Their infamy will return upon their own heads.