1831 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Campbell

Fitz-Greene Halleck to James Lawson, 1831; Halleck, Life and Letters, ed. Wilson (1869) 349.



What the devil did you mean by classing Campbell and one Pollok together in your toast at the St. Andrew's dinner? Your wine must have been detestable. No sensible man like yourself could have made such a remark under the influence of champagne or Scottish whiskey. Campbell and Pollok. Hyperion to a satyr! Pray can you repeat without a book six lines of the Course of Time? If so, you have a very good memory badly employed. Can you not repeat without book every line which Tom Campbell has published? If not, you have never been as happy a man as you ought to have been.