1851 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Lauder

Leigh Hunt, in The Autobiography of Leigh Hunt (1851) 1:15.



My grandfather himself the son, I believe of a clergyman, was Rector of St. Michael's in Bridge-town, Barbados. He was a good-natured man, and recommended the famous Lauder to the mastership of the free-school there; influenced, no doubt, partly by his pretended repentance, and partly by sympathy with his Toryism. Lauder is said to have been discharged for misconduct. I never heard that; but I have heard that his appearance was decent, and that he had a wooden leg: which is an anticlimax befitting his history.