1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Charles Hanbury Williams

Robert Southey to Charles Danvers, 23 March 1802; New Letters, ed. Currey (1965) 1:273.



A bookseller offered me fifty pounds worth of books last week to edite the works of Sir Charles Hanbury Williams. Lead us not into temptation! I looked over the papers — I liked his wit — I did not like his dulness — but fifty pounds of books would have gilt that pill — but my gentleman was not quite so decent as he should be — and so I lost my books. My name will not be required for the work.