Matthew Gregory (Monk) Lewis (1775-1818)
From 18th Century Literary Anecdotes

Lewis at Oatlands was observed one morning to have his eyes red, and his air sentimental. Being asked why, he replied,

`that when people said anything kind to him, it affected him deeply; and just now the Duchess has said something so kind to me that. . . '

Here tears began to flow again.

`Never mind, Lewis,' said Colonel Armstrong to him, `never mind, don't cry. She could not mean it.'

From Byron: A Self Portrait, ed. Peter Quennell (1950), ii. 614.

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