1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Dermody

Robert Southey, 1798; Common-Place Book (1849-51) 4:516.



I enquired of Dr. Stock concerning Thomas Dermody. He was of mean parentage, but his talents were patronized; he was always a welcome visitor at Moira House, and all his misfortunes sprung from his own profligacy. Twice he enlisted as a soldier, and was twice bought off; afterwards he entered the navy — and I could learn nothing more of the fate of Dermody, a man certainly of uncommon genius. He was gloomy at times — and it appeared like the gloom of remorse. They represent him to me as totally devoid of any moral principle. — Feb. 19, 1798.