1816 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Leigh Hunt

Robert Southey to G. C. Bedford, 5 October 1816; Life and Correspondence (1849-50) 4:217.



Abuse does good, and of that I have plenty; but praise is more useful, and is not so liberally bestowed. I have seen a number of The Champion, in which my name stands for text to a sermon nothing relating to me; but at the conclusion it is said that the change in my opinions, as implied in my last writings, is that I recommend implicit submission; hence it should appear that the said Champion had not read those writings. Hunt and Hazlitt, I know, incessantly attack me; this barking makes a noise, and noise calls attention; so that as long as they have it not in their power to pass sentence upon me as a counter-revolutionist, such enmity is in its degree useful.