1889 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Rogers

P. W. Clayden, in Samuel Rogers and his Contemporaries (1889) 1:13.



It seems to have been Rogers's habit, when meeting men of genius in the country, to offer them hospitality when they visited London. It is scarcely too much to say that he kept open house for men of letters, and many distinguished writers of the time owed to him their introduction to London society. A large part of the correspondence which has been preserved arose out of such visits, and much of the very high distinction which Rogers's house attained is due to the kindly mention made of it by men who had themselves helped to render it attractive. It differed in many respects from the houses of mere rich men or men of title who played the patron of poor authors. Rogers entertained them as one of themselves. He was not the patron but the poet. Literary men and artists even at this day feel the difference between visiting one another and visiting people who only want to parade them before their friends. How much greater was the distinction when this century was young!