1829 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Collins

William Wordsworth to Alexander Dyce, 12 January 1829; Letters of the Wordsworth Family, ed. Knight (1907) 2:358.



Dear Sir,

That you are convinced [that the interpolations in the Superstitions Ode are a forgery] gives me great pleasure, as I hope that every other editor of Collins will follow your example. You are at perfect liberty to declare that you have rejected Bell's copy in consequence of my opinion of it; and I feel much satisfaction in being the instrument of rescuing the memory of Collins from this disgrace. I have always felt some concern that Mr. [John] Home, who lived several years after Bell's publication, did not testify more regard for his deceased friend's memory by protesting against this imposition. Mr. [Henry] Mackenzie is still living, and I shall shortly have his opinion upon the question; and if it be at all interesting, I shall take the liberty of sending it to you.

Dyer is another of our minor poets — minor as to quantity — of whom one would wish to know more.