1828 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Wilson

Allan Cunningham to John Wilson, 11 September 1828; Hogg, Life of Cunningham (1875) 287.



You have indeed done me a great and lasting kindness. You have aided me, I trust effectively, in establishing my Annual book [The Anniversary], and enabled me to create a little income for my family. My life has been one continued struggle to maintain my independence and support wife and children, and I have, when the labour of the day closed, endeavoured to use the little talent which my country allows me to possess as easily and as profitably as I can. The pen thus adds a little to the profit of the chisel, and I keep head above water, and on occasion take the middle of the causeway with an independent step.