1836 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alaric Alexander Watts

Allan Cunningham to Alaric Alexander Watts, 10 October 1836; in Alaric Alfred Watts, Alaric Watts, a Narrative of his Life, by his Son (1884) 2:209-10.



Your letter was perfectly satisfactory, and had it been less so I could have excused you, for in the haste of composition one says things, whiles, that on less hurry and more reflection one would avoid, and sometimes expressions are used, not meant to give pain, that offend. For my own part, I have ever endeavoured to steer my course quietly, and, though stricken, not to endeavour to strike again, lest my temper should be aroused, and my fireside peace to be invaded.