1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Godwin

Charles Lamb to Mr. Manning, 18 February 1800; Letters, ed. Thomas Noon Talfourd (1837) 1:150.



Godwin I am a good deal pleased with. He is a very well-behaved, pleasant man, nothing very brilliant about his conversation, or imposing, as you may suppose; quite another guess sort of gentleman from what your Anti-jacobin Christians imagine him. I was well pleased to find he has neither horns nor claws; quite a tame creature, I assure you. A middle-sized man, in stature; whereas, from his noisy fame, you would expect to find a Briareus Centimanus, or a Tityus tall enough to pull Jupiter from his heavens.