1842 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Nelson Coleridge

John Herman Merivale, Diary Entry, 13 May 1842; Anna Wilhelmina Merivale, Family Memorials (1884) 354.



May 13. Dined with my wife at Henry Nelson Coleridge's to meet Wordsworth the Poet. Sat next him at dinner, and had talk with him about his Sonnets, Capital Punishment, &c. Crabbe Robinson was of our party, which consisted, besides, of Judge Coleridge and his Lady, Mr. Quillinan (Wordsworth's son-in-law) and young William Wordsworth. I do not think we were any of us very brilliant or instructive — the usual consequence of the presence of a Lion, though Wordsworth himself was wholly without pretension.