[Anne Donnellan to Samuel Richardson, 14 July 1750:]
'I have received infinite pleasure, and something better, from the collection of sublime sentences which you have so ably made the divine Clarissa apply to in her deepest distresses.
'I am also much obliged to you for the little book, which seems composed with a pious spirit;
but I own calling them Psalms disappointed me. I never met with any composition, either as
paraphrase or imitation of those divine compositions, that I liked; they come so infinitely short
of the true sublime, that I should rather chuse a mere human composition in any other shape.
'I must also thank you for the canons of Mr Warburton's antagonist, which I had read before I
left London, but forgot to return you [sic]. They made me laugh: a great merit to us splenetic