1837 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Gifford

Robert Southey to Edward Moxon, 19 July 1837; Life and Correspondence (1849-50) 6:336.



He was a man with whom I had no literary sympathies; perhaps there was nothing upon which we agreed except great political questions.... He had a heart full of kindness for all living creatures except authors; them he regarded as a fishmonger regards eels, or as Izaac Walton did slugs, worms, and frogs. I always protested against the indulgence of that temper in his Review; and I am sorry to see in this last number that the same spirit still continues there.