1873 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Ritson

Thomas Constable, in Archibald Constable and his Literary Correspondents (1873) 1:497.



My father's correspondence with Mr. Ritson was uninterruptedly friendly, and his Life and Letters, published by Pickering in 1833, ought to have restrained Mr. Lockhart from presenting him as an object of ridicule and dislike. He was a man of warm heart and honourable principles, and if he unhappily neither made the most of this world nor hoped for one to come, if his temper was irritable and his faith was weak, while yet he exerted himself strenuously in what he believed to be the cause of truth, and was kind and considerate to his friends and his dependents, he surely rather deserves compassion than reprobation at the hands of Christian men.