1814 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Thompson

Robert Southey, in Review of Chalmers's English Poets; Quarterly Review 11 (July 1814) 490.



Concerning William Thompson, we may add to the short notices collected by Mr. Chalmers, that he was educated at Appleby school, under Yates, a man who obtained the appellation of the Northern Busby. Yates would always insist upon his spelling his name without the "p," saying, you come "thomp," "thomp," upon one's ear with your "Thompson." The poet, however, persisted in retaining a letter which serves at least the purpose of distinguishing his written name from that of the author of the Seasons.