1831 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Tickell

William Wordsworth to Alexander Dyce, 23 July 1831; Letters of the Wordsworth Family, ed. Knight (1907) 3:14-15.



I am glad you have taken Skelton in hand, and much wish I could be of any use to you. In regard to his life, I am certain of having read somewhere (I thought it was in Burns's History of Cumberland and Westmoreland, but I am mistaken), that Sketon was born at Branthwaite Hall, in the county of Cumberland. Certain it is that a family of that name possessed the place for many generations; and I own it would give me some pleasure to make out that Skelton was a brother Cumbrian. Branthwaite Hall is about six miles from Cockermouth, my native place. Tickell (of the Spectator), one of the best of our minor poets, as Johnson has truly said, was born within two miles of the same town. These are mere accidents, it is true, but I am foolish enough to attach some interest to them.