1799 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Sotheby

Robert Southey to C. W. W. Wynn, 5 April 1799; Selections from the Letters, ed. Warter (1856) 1:68.



The song of which I had the credit proves to be Sotheby's, a man with whom I am sometimes confounded. He gave me his address some months since, and I shall visit him when I come to London. Sotheby has considerable talents as a poet, but he is not likely to improve, as I judge him to be forty. His Oberon is translated as well as the admirers of Wieland ever expect it to be, but it falls sadly short, they tell me, and all the puffs in the world will never make it popular.