1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Barnes

Henry Crabb Robinson, 16 March 1812; Diary, Reminiscences, and Correspondence (1870; 1872) 1:195.



Flaxman's lectures.... Returned to Charles Lamb, with whom were Barron Field, Leigh Hunt, and Barnes. The latter, with a somewhat feist appearance, has a good countenance, and is a man who, I dare say, will make his way in the world. He has talents and activity, and inducements to activity. He has obtained high honours at Cambridge, and is now a candidate for a fellowship. He reports for Walter. Charles Lamb was at his best — very good humoured, but at the same time solid. I never heard him talk to greater advantage.