1805 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Godwin

Robert Southey to John Rickman, July 1805; New Letters. ed. Curry (1965) 1:388-89.



You speak of Godwin as you should speak. Certainly I would not have spoken of him in the Malthusian article as I did speak, had I supposed he would have ever known me to be the author — but as certainly I would have written the same reviewal of his Chaucer. You seem to over-rate our former acquaintance. I never liked the man, and he never liked me. I did like his wife — I did and do like his first book, but in proportion as I value what is true there, do I abominate the cursed mingle-mangle of metaphysics and concubinism and atheism with which he polluted it.