1787 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Mackenzie

William Cowper to Lady Hesketh, 27 November 1787; Southey, Life and Works of Cowper (1835-37) 6:87.



A few days since, I received a second very obliging letter from Mr. Mackenzie. He tells me that his own papers, which are by far, he is sorry to say it, the most numerous, are marked V. I. Z. Accordingly, my dear, I am happy to find that I am engaged in a correspondence with Mr. Viz, a gentleman for whom I have always entertained the profoundest veneration. But the serious fact is, that the papers distinguished by those signatures have ever pleased me most, and struck me as the work of a sensible man, who knows the world well, and has more of Addison's delicate humour than any body.