1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir James Mackintosh

William Wordsworth to Richard Sharp, 8 October 1808; Letters of the Wordsworth Family, ed. Knight (1907) 1:378.



GRASMERE, September 27.

[Postmark, October 8, 1808.]

My dear Sharp,

I am much obliged to you for taking the trouble to send me Mackintosh's opinion of my poems. If you think it worth while, tell him I was happy to have given a man like him so much pleasure, especially at such a distance from my own country, and in these distressful times. The sonnet beginning "Two voices are there," you will remember is the one which I mentioned to you as being the best I had written.