1889 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alaric Alexander Watts

Mary Howitt, in An Autobiography (1889) 1:215.



This was the period (ca. 1830) when the annuals — those "butterflies of literature," as L. E. L., herself a butterfly, called them to me — found favour with the public. Alaric Watts was the editor of the Literary Souvenir, one of the very best of this class of productions. Both he and his wife had become our beloved and valued friends. Zillah Watts, the sister of two remarkable men, Jeremiah and Benjamin Wiffen, was highly gifted, and born, like myself, in the Society of Friends. We were the same age, and greatly attached to each other. The chief bond between us at this time was literature, and the style of our correspondence may be seen in letters given in the Life of Alaric Watts, by his son and my son-in-law, Alaric Alfred Watts, which was published in 1884.