[To the Editor of the Spectator]
There are certain errors or perversions of fact which are apparently as hard to kill as it is easy to show that they ought to die. In the Spectator of today I meet for the hundredth time-with a reference to 'Steele's beautiful eulogium on Lady Elizabeth Hastings.' It is as certain as any fact in literary history can well be, that this most exquisite tribute ever paid to the memory of a noble woman is no more Steele's than it is yours or mine. The character of 'Aspasia' in the 42nd number of the Tatler was written by Congreve. But ever since Leigh Hunt 'could not help thinking that the generous & trusting hand of Steele was very visible throughout this portrait' it has been assumed, with a placid
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