1832 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Leigh Hunt

George Crabbe to John Foster, 24 January 1832; The Athenaeum (18 February 1832) 114.



Trowbridge, 24 Jan. 1832.

SIR, — It would ill become one who has been so much indebted to the kindness of his friends as I have been, to disregard the application which you are so good as to make in behalf of Mr. Leigh Hunt. My influence indeed is small, residing, as I do, in a place wherein little except cloth is made, and little except newspapers read; yet there are a more liberal class of readers, though I am afraid they are not among the wealthy portion of our inhabitants. I consider that I am doing myself honour by uniting, for the purpose you mention, with those persons whose titles and names are annexed to the printed paper intended for general circulation.

I am, Sir, respectfully, &c.

GEORGE CRABBE.

To John Foster, Esq.
Burton-street, Burton crescent, London.