1768 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. John Armstrong

Frances Burney, 12 September 1768; The Early Diary of Frances Burney (1889) 1:39.



Dr. Armstrong I see now, at last, with real pleasure, for I have seen him lately with a very contrary feeling. He asked Susette many questions concerning her health — "I can tell you," said he, "you have had a very narrow escape! you was just gone! the Gates of Heaven were in view—" "O," cried I, "they shut them on her — I fancy she was not good enough to enter!" "O yes," answered he, "they were very ready to receive her — but I would not let her depart — I thought she might as well stay here a little while longer."