1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Campbell

William Lisle Bowles to Thomas Campbell, 18 April 1819; William Beattie, Life and Letters of Thomas Campbell (1849) 2:349.



I have thought myself called upon to vindicate some observations of mine on the character of Pope, in answer to your critical remarks on those observations in the 1st volume of your Specimens. I think you have hastily laid yourself open to some animadversions; but I trust you will find nothing said that might seem to imply any feelings but those of the highest respect for your acknowledged political and literary character. Your friend Moore is in this neighbourhood, as also Crabbe and Crewe. It would give me great pleasure if I should ever have an opportunity of seeing you here; and believe me that, though our aspects are somewhat warlike in print, at home I remain most sincerely and faithfully, and with many thanks for the great pleasure I have derived from your works,

Your most obedient servant,

W. L. BOWLES.

Bremhill, April 18th, 1819.