1817 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hazlitt

William Wordsworth to Benjamin Robert Haydon, 7 April 1817; Critical Opinions of William Wordsworth, ed. Peacock (1950) 277.



The miscreant Hazlitt continues, I have heard, his abuses of Southey, Coleridge and myself, in the Examiner. — I hope that you do not associate with the Fellow, he is not a proper person to be admitted into respectable society, being the most perverse and malevolent Creature that ill luck has ever thrown in my way. Avoid him — hic niger est — And this, I understand, is the general option wherever he is known in London.