1843 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Wilson

Edward Quillinan to Henry Crabb Robinson, 25 August 1843; Robinson, Diary, Reminiscences, and Correspondence (1870; 1872) 2:345.



Professor Wilson and his daughter, Miss Wilson, dined with us on that day, and we found them very agreeable company; but the cheerfulness of the Professor, I fear, is rather assumed. I understand that he has never recovered the shock of his wife's death. He was in this country a few days only. He is no Bacchanalian now, if he ever were so. He drinks no wine, nor spirits, nor even beer — nothing but water or tea, or coffee. Both Mr. and Mrs. Wordsworth were very glad to meet so old a friend. Mrs. Wordsworth has always been an admirer and lover of Wilson. Don't be jealous; her husband is not.