1854 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. John Aikin

Leigh Hunt, in Selections from English Authors; Works (1854) 3:47-48.



He was bred in a limited and somewhat formal school of taste, and was no very sensitive critic; but a good deal of enthusiasm was repressed in him by circumstance; and he was brother of an undoubted and fervid woman of genius, Mrs. Barbauld. There was more in the Aikin family than academical and sectarian connections suffered to come out of it.