1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Southey

John Keble, 1820; New Letters of Robert Southey, ed. Curry (1965) 2:214.



Luckily for me (though I am afraid rather irksomely for him) he has hardly any acquaintance resident at Oxford, having completely out-lived all his old contemporaries, so that I had a good deal of him to myself: and that indeed was delightful.... His reception in the Theatre was most flattering: not one of all the party, except Lord Hill, received any thing like the same share of applause. In the evening he had an invitation from the college to dine in Balliol Hall. Reginald Heber, Miller, and Milman were there, and Noel Ellison was delightful: I have never seen four such men together in my life before. Copleston wanted him to dine with him on Thursday, but he was obliged to leave us, to my sorrow, and left a most excellent name behind him, for his kind and unassuming manners, with every one who had been in his company five minutes.