1831 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Gifford

Richard Polwhele, in Biographical Sketches in Cornwall (1831) 2:61-62.



I have little more to add to this memoir of Wolcot, than that I am sure the conflict between him and William Gifford, has been greatly misrepresented. Wolcot was not the aggressor. — In satire, Gifford was a Juvenal; — Wolcot, a Horace. Gifford, when a Bible-clerk of Exeter College, was introduced to me at Ch. Ch. by a common friend. And to my zeal in obtaining subscriptions for his admirable version of Juvenal, he was much indebted. But I never received my book, or even the slightest acknowledgment of my exertions.