1779 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Nathaniel Cotton

William Hayley to Thornton, 1779; Memoirs of William Hayley (1823) 1:182.



I left town the day that your gallant address to Keppel was announced to the world. I long to know its reception, and wish its fame may be co-extensive with the hero's reputation. I brought it from town and read it to my amiable friend, and not indifferent poet, Doctor Cotton, who was very much pleased with the writing, which a lady in company thought was that of a naval officer; but the Doctor pronounced it to be from the pen of a poet of the highest order and ability. This encomium from a cool and excellent judge, I received as no bad omen of the success likely to attend to work.