1786 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Walter Churchey

William Cowper to Walter Churchey, 24 December 1790; Correspondence, ed. Wright (1904) 4:13-14.



To say that I was grieved at the treatment you have received from the Reviewers is saying little, for I felt myself not more grieved than angry. To censure a book in that general manner is neither just to the author of it, nor satisfactory to their own readers. Extracts should always be given; first, as a proof that they have read what they condemn, and, secondly, that the public may judge for themselves.

I sent your publisher's address to Johnson, and directed him to send me your volume; but though he is a sensible man, and an honest one, I have not a few reasons to suspect that he is rather indolent, and to that cause ascribe it that I have never yet had the pleasure you intended me. Should it be convenient to you to order your own bookseller to sent it by the Olney waggon, I shall be sure of it. The waggon will be found at the Windmill, St. John Street, Smithfield.

I never feel myself poor but when I see or hear of a valuable man whose exigencies exceed my ability to relieve them. How heartily and gladly I would administer to the complete removal of yours were it in my power, God knows.