They called her an amorous widow, and Piozzi a fortune-hunter.
Perhaps Scott was thinking of a passage in Mrs. Piozzi's Anec.
There is one real point of similarity between Madame de Stal and Mrs. Piozzi, which has been omitted in the parallel.
See Mrs. Piozzi's Synonymy, i. 323, for an anecdote of this walk.
Pretty poor poetry those who know tell me; but if Piozzi liked it, it served its purpose.
Mrs. Piozzi writes as if Johnson's censure had been passed in 1816 and not in 1774.
Walpole was in a position to know all current gossip, and so was Mrs. Piozzi.
The appeal about to be hazarded on behalf of Mrs. Piozzi, will involve little or no risk of this kind.
Mrs. Piozzi's experience would have led to an opposite conclusion.
As Piozzi's name will occur occasionally, he must now be brought upon the scene.