1804 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Godwin

Robert Southey to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, February 1804; Life and Letters (1849-50) 2:266.



I am not sorry that you gave Godwin a dressing, and should not be sorry if he were occasionally to remember it, with the comfortable reflection, "in vino veritas;" for, in plain truth, already it does vex me to see you so lavish of the outward and visible signs of friendship, and to know that a set of fellows whom you do not care for and ought not to care for, boast every where of your intimacy, and with good reason, to the best of their understanding.