1799 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Amos Cottle

Charles Lamb to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 9 October 1800; Letters, ed. Lucas (1935) 1:216.



I suppose you have heard of the death of Amos Cottle. I paid a solemn visit of condolence to his brother, accompanied by George Dyer, of burlesque memory. I went, trembling to see poor Cottle so immediately after the event. He was in black; and his younger brother was also in black. Every thing wore an aspect suitable to the respect due to the freshly dead. For some time after our entrance, nobody spake till George modestly put in a question, whether Alfred was likely to sell. This was Lethe to Cottle, and his poor face wet with tears, and his kind eye brightened up in a moment.