1836 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Wilson

Mary Howitt, 1836 ca.; An Autobiography (1889) 1:255.



We had a delightful stay in Edinburgh. Immediately after our arrival, a public dinner was given to Campbell, the poet, at which the committee requested my husband's attendance, and that he would take a share in the proceedings of the evening, by proposing a toast, "Wordsworth, Southey, and Moore." To this he consented.

This banquet was our first introduction to Professor Wilson ("Christopher North") and his family. I sat in the gallery with Mrs. Wilson and her daughters, one of whom was engaged to Professor Ferrier, who likewise took part in the speeches below. We could not but remark the wonderful difference, not only in the outer man, but in the whole character of mind and manner, between Professor Wilson and Campbell — the one so hearty, outspoken, and joyous, the other so petty and trivial.