1827 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Francis Hodgson

Alaric Alexander Watts to Francis Hodgson, 1827; Memoir of Francis Hodgson (1878) 2:169-71.



SIR—

The very great pleasure I have derived from your poetical writings, and the desire I have to be allowed to include some little poem from your pen in the next volume of the work of which I have herewith the honour to beg your acceptance, have led me to presume so far upon your kindness as to prefer my request to you without waiting for the favour of a personal introduction. The object of the "Literary Souvenir" is to present, in one volume, specimens of the style of a large proportion of the most distinguished writers of the day; as well as to afford some idea of the state of the Fine Arts, by engravings, by the most eminent engravers, of the well-known productions of British Artists. Among those writers who have either afforded or promised contributions for its pages are Sir Walter Scott, Mr. T. Campbell, Mr. Montgomery, Mr. Milman, Mrs. Hemans, Mr. Southey, Mr. Wilson, Mr. Lockhart, L. E. L., Hogg, Miss Mitford, Miss Porter, Delta, Mr. Dale, and various other well-known authors. In the volume of the work now preparing, I am desirous, if possible, to secure some little poem from every distinguished living poet; and as my plan will be quite incomplete unless I shall succeed in obtaining something from your pen, I am inclined to hope you will not refuse my request. Should you not be disposed to concede me the favour I ask, I hope you will at least pardon my for the liberty I have taken.

I am, dear sir, with great esteem,

Your obedient servant,

ALARIC A. WATTS.