1810 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Collins

Thomas Park, MS note, 1810 ca.; Poems of William Collins, ed. Walter C. Bronson (1898) xxix-xxxn.



The Rev. Mr. Durnford, who resided at Chichester, and was the son of Dr. D., informed me in August, 1795, that the sister of Collins loved money to excess, and evinced so outrageous an aversion to her brother, because he squandered or gave away to the boys in the cloisters whatever money he had, that she destroyed, in a paroxysm of resentment, all his papers, and whatever remained of his enthusiasm for poetry, as far as she could. Mr. Hayley told me, when I visited him at Eartham, that he had obtained from her a small drawing by Collins; but it possessed no other value than as a memorial that the bard had attempted to handle the pencil as well as the pen.