1828 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alaric Alexander Watts

Allan Cunningham to John Wilson, 12 December 1828; Mary Wilson Gordon, Christopher North (1862, 1894) 317.



One word about Wordsworth. In his last letter to me, he said that Alaric Alexander Watts had a prior claim, "Only," quoth he, "Watts says I go about depreciating other Annuals out of regard for the Keepsake." This is untrue. I only said, as the Keepsake paid poets best it would be the best work. This is not depreciating! He advised me, before he knew who were to be my competitors, not to think of rivalry in literature with the Keepsake. Enough of a little man and a great poet.