1831 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Wordsworth

Mary Howitt to Anna Botham, 3 May 1831; An Autobiography (1889) 1:225.



Wordsworth greatly pleased me. He is worthy of being the author of The Excursion, of Ruth, and those sweet poems so full of human sympathy. He is a kind man, full of strong feeling and sound judgment. We very much enjoyed the little of his society that we had, for he stayed but one night with us. My greatest delight was, that he seemed so much pleased with William's conversation. They seemed quite in their element, pouring out their eloquent sentiments on the future prospects of society, and on all subjects connected with poetry and the interests of man.