1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alaric Alexander Watts

Robert Southey to Alaric Alexander Watts, 29 August 1824; in Alaric Alfred Watts, Alaric Watts, a Narrative of his Life, by his Son (1884) 1:197-98.



Keswick, August 29, 1824.

SIR,

I have only this evening received your letter of July 24th, and the little volume which accompanied it; I should otherwise most certainly have written to you long since to thank you for it, and also have sought an opportunity of expressing my thanks in person when I passed through Leeds. With your name I have long been acquainted; but one piece which I saw in a provincial newspaper, "Ten Years Ago," convinced me, that you had not been praised without highly deserving it; and in merely cutting open the leaves of this little volume I see much to admire. Should you visit this beautiful part of England at any time, it would give me much pleasure to have an opportunity of shaking you by the hand.

Believe me, dear sir,

Your obliged and obedient servant,

ROBERT SOUTHEY.