1852 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Snow

William Jerdan, in Autobiography of William Jerdan (1852-53) 4:401-02.



Of [William Thomas] Fitzgerald's annual recitations, however well meant, Mr. [James] Christie was no admirer; and I remember his endeavours occasionally to wedge in substitutes, but the force of custom prevailed, and Fitz., in spite of Canning's "Poeta nascitur non," held the laureateship, often to our great amusement, for a series of years. Some touching lines by Mr. Snow, were once admitted; and the amiable secretary showed that his feeling and eloquence were equal to his delicacy and diligence in the good cause.