1792 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Polwhele

William Cowper to Richard Polwhele, 15 June 1792; Polwhele, Traditions and Recollections (1826) 1:298-99.



Weston-Underwood, June 15, 1792.

REV. SIR,

You will not, I hope, judge the sense that I entertain of my obligation to you by the tardiness of my acknowledgment. That it reaches you so late is no fault of mine, for I received your most acceptable present, the two volumes of poetry by gentlemen of Devonshire and Cornwall, no longer since than yesterday evening. You do me great honour, Sir, in some beautiful lines written by yourself on a blank leaf of the publication, of which, were any other poet than myself the subject of them, I should be proud to have been the author. The chief glory of any poet is to have pleased those whose writings please others, and on this account you may be sure that I shall always set the highest value on the compliment paid me by you.

I am, Sir, with much respect, your obliged and obedient humble servant,

W. COWPER.