1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Campbell

Margaret Holford to Thomas Campbell, 2 October 1824; William Beattie, Life and Letters of Thomas Campbell (1849) 2:433.



Oct. 2nd.—

I feel remorse in troubling you again, though it be to offer you my hearty thanks for your attention so kindly manifested to my friend's Essay. We are both sincerely obliged to you; and I trust you will find no cause to repent of your encouragement of a most intelligent and interesting foreigner. You have learnt, undoubtedly, the happy art of conferring a favour in a manner that renders it doubly valuable. For my own share in the business, I return you many, many thanks. Were I likely to recover, I would ask my dear friend, Joanna Baillie, to procure for me the pleasure of a personal introduction to you; but my days wax few; and it will be some gratification to you, perhaps, that you have contributed your part to the many consolatory circumstances which cheer their decline. I cannot conclude without expressing a hope, that the literary intercourse thus begun between Madame de — and yourself may not end here. She unites with me in regard.

MARGARET HOLFORD.