1828 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Horace Smith

Walter Scott, 4 February 1828; The Journal of Sir Walter Scott, 1825-32 (1891) 533.



I sent a long letter to Lockhart, received from Horace Smith, very gentlemanlike and well-written, complaining that Mr. Leigh Hunt had mixed him up, in his Life of Byron, with Shelley as if he had shared his irreligious opinions. Leigh Hunt afterwards at the request of Smith published a swaggering contradiction of the inference to be derived from the way in which he has named them together. Horatio Smith seems not to have relied upon his declamation, as he has requested me to mention the thing to John Lockhart, and to some one influential about Ebony [Blackwood's], which I have done accordingly.