1873 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Jerdan

Henry Fothergill Chorley, in Autobiography, Memoirs, and Letters (1873) 1:107.



At the time when I joined The Athenaeum, its vigour and value to the world of letters were not acknowledged as they have since been. The Literary Gazette, conducted by Mr. Jerdan, who was the puppet of certain booksellers, and dispensed praise or blame at their bidding, and it may be feared "for a consideration," was in the ascendancy; and its conductors and writers spared no pains to attack, to vilipend, and to injure, so far as they could, any one who had to do with a rising journal so merciless in its exposure of a false and demoralising system.