1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Polwhele

Richard Alfred Davenport to Richard Polwhele, 10 February 1815; Polwhele, Traditions and Recollections (1826) 2:669-70.



February 10, 1815.

MY DEAR SIR,

I should before now have thanked you for your kind letter and contribution, had I not again been seriously indisposed. Accept my acknowledgments for your aid towards my ninth volume. Your fugitives will find a place in that volume. From the "Poetic Trifles" I shall not, for want of room, be able to select any thing, till I publish my tenth. I was, however, very glad to see those trifles, as I had for years been endeavouring to obtain a copy, in consequence of my having seen the description of Cramp, &c. &c. in one of the Reviews. I did not know that they were from your pen.

I am vexed that the Kellys of Kelly, will not take the trouble of looking for Major Drewe's poem. Upon my honour, some of the folks in your part of the country seem most unpoetically disposed. I dare say they would rather see a ton of tin ore, or a shoal of pilchards, than all the poems in the world. I should feel much obliged to the Messrs. Kellys if they would make a small exertion in my favour.

In one of your former letters you speak of Miss Mitford's compositions with warm praise, which I think well merited. She is a firm and active friend to my Poetical Register, the next volume of which will contain a descriptive poem of hers, superior even to "Watlington Hill." Every body thinks more highly of her abilities than she herself does. Very sincerely your friend,

D.