1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir James Bland Burges

George Ticknor, Journal Entry, 21 June, 1815; Life, Letters, and Journals of George Ticknor (1876) 1:50.



At three o'clock, I went to the literary exchange at Murray's bookstore. Gifford was there, as usual, and Sir James Burgess, who, I find, is the man of whom Cumberland so often speaks, and in conjunction with whom he wrote the Exodiad; and before long Lord Byron came in, and stayed out the whole party. I was glad to meet him there; for there I saw him among his fellows and friends, — men with whom he felt intimate, and who felt themselves equal to him. The conversation turned upon the great victory at Waterloo, for which Lord Byron received the satirical congratulations of his ministerial friends with a good-nature which surprised me. He did not, however, disguise his feelings and opinions at all, and maintained stoutly, to the last, that Bonaparte's case was not yet desperate.