1792 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Polwhele

Erasmus Darwin to Richard Polwhele, 17 July 1792; Polwhele, Traditions and Recollections (1826) 1:299.



Derby, July 17, 1792.

DEAR SIR,

I have waited some weeks in vain for a frank to thank you for an elegant collection of poems by bards of Devonshire and Cornwall, and for a more elegant complimental Idyllium, written in the first page, on my Botanic Garden. Approbation from poet to poet is more grateful, as they who have laboured in the art can best judge of its excellencies and, difficulties; and praise therefore comes with a better grace from one who has himself written so well. I shall take the liberty of prefixing your elegant lines to the next edition of my work, along with others I have received from Mr. Hayley and Mr. Cowper.

My son Erasmus, who remembers passing some days on a journey with you, speaks of you with great pleasure. He is settled as an attorney in Derby, and is in great business, built on the most lasting foundation of ingenuity and integrity.

If any thing should ever call you into this country, your company would give great pleasure to us both. I am, Sir, your obedient servant,

E. DARWIN.