1841 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Leigh Hunt

Thomas Babington Macaulay to Leigh Hunt, 27 March 1841; Correspondence of Leigh Hunt (1862) 2:9-10.



I heard the other day, from one of poor Southey's nephews, that he cannot live many weeks: I really do not see why you might not succeed him. The title of Poet Laureate is indeed ridiculous. But the salary ought to be left for the benefit of some man of letters. Should the present government be in office when a vacancy takes place, I really think that the matter might be managed.