1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charles Lamb

Mary Russell Mitford to Sir William Elford, 28 April 1822; L'Estrange, Life of Mary Russell Mitford (1870) 1:374-75.



And, in my secret soul (don't tell Mr. Talfourd), though he and I both write in the "London" along with the Proctors, the Reynoldses, and the Charles Lambs, I like Blackwood's better. By-the-by, do you ever see the London Magazine? Charles Lamb's articles, signed "Elia," are incomparably the finest specimens of English prose in the language. The humor is as delicate as Addison's, and far more piquant. Oh! how you would enjoy it! Do borrow or hire all the numbers of Taylor and Hessey's London Magazine, and read all Elia's articles, as well as the Table-Talks, and the Confessions of an English Opium-eater, and the Dramatic Sketches, and tell me how you like Charles Lamb.