1793 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Hurdis

William Cowper to Rev. Walter Bagot, 10 November 1793; Southey, Life and Works of Cowper (1835-37) 7:241.



I have to thank you much for your benevolent aid in the affair of my friend Hurdis. You have doubtless learned ere now that he has succeeded [in winning the poetry professorship], and carried the prize by a majority of twenty. He is well qualified for the post he has gained. So much the better for the honour of the Oxonian laurel, and so much the more for the credit of those who have favoured him with their suffrages.