1813 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Christopher Smart

Lord Byron to Thomas Moore, 22 June 1813; Letters and Journals, ed. Rowland E. Prothero (1898-1901) 2:224-25.



Murray, the Anax of publishers, the Anak of stationers, has a design upon you in the paper line. He wants you to become the staple and stipendiary editor of periodical work. What say you? Will you be bound, like "Kit Smart, to write for ninety-nine years in the Universal Visitor?" Seriously, he talks of hundreds a year, and — though I hate prating of the beggarly elements — his proposal may be to your honour and profit, and, I am very sure, will be to our pleasure.