1810 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Surtees

Walter Scott to Robert Southey, 20 May 1810; Lockart, Life of Scott (1837-38, 1902) 2:179-80.



What is become of Coleridge's Friend? I hope he had a letter from me, enclosing my trifling subscription. How does our friend Wordsworth? I won't write to him, because he hates letter-writing as much as I do; but I often think on him, and always with affection. If you make any stay at Durham let me know, as I wish you to known my friend Surtees of Mainsforth. He is an excellent antiquary, some of the rust of which study has clung to his manners; but he is good-hearted, and you would make the summer eve (for so by the courtesy of the calendar we must call these abominable easterly blighting afternoons) short between you.