1823 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bryan Waller Procter

Thomas Campbell to an unnamed correspondent, 1 February 1823; Beattie, Life and Letters of Thomas Campbell (1849) 2:417-18.



I have made acquaintance with B—y C—l within these few days. He is a modest, or rather, sober-minded young man — delicate in health, rather serious and discursive than lively; and, on the whole, very rational and interesting. He allowed me to be quite free with him on his predilection for the Wordsworth school, and the hasty, sketchy way of writing dramas; and seemed unaffectedly humble in confessing the imperfections of his own style, and came near to avowing his belief that art and supraprosaic relief in language was the better system.