1830 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Edmund Reade

Charles and Mary Cowden Clarke, 1830 ca.; Recollections of Writers (1878) 63.



In the same diary above alluded to there is another entry, under the date Friday, 5th March [1830?]: — "Spent a wonderful hour in the company of the poet Coleridge." It arose from a gentleman — a Mr. Edmund Reade, whose acquaintance we had made, and who begged we would take a message from him to Coleridge concerning a poem lately written by Mr. Reade, entitled Cain, — asking us to undertake this commission for him, as he had some hesitation in presenting himself to the author of The Wanderings of Cain. More than glade were we of this occasion for a visit to Highgate, where at Mr. Gilman's house we found Coleridge, bland, amiable, affably inclined to renew the intercourse of some years previous on the cliff at Ramsgate.