1830 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Jerdan

Allan Cunningham to William Jerdan, 1830 ca.; William Jerdan, Autobiography of William Jerdan (1852-53) 4:301-02.



I venture to enclose you a notice of a new work of mine. I have no desire that you should abide by any words but such as you like; therefore dress it up in your own manner, if you please. Some such notice before publication will be useful; nor would a little kindness from critics afterwards, be at all amiss. God knows, I have much need of a kind word or two, for I have been working hard up-hill these many years, and William Jerdan and Sir Walter Scott have been almost my only friends — I acknowledge they have been good ones.