1838 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Clare

Thomas Campbell to an unnamed correspondent, 9 May 1838; William Beattie, Life and Letters of Thomas Campbell (1849) 3:247.



You have heard of the rustic poet Clare. He is at Dr. Allen's, and has written a poem, in which he mentions my son's conversation as one of the solaces of his life. [Campbell's son was also institutionalized for mental disorders.]