1852 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Hood

Mary Russell Mitford to Emily Jephson, 25 October 1852; in L'Estrange, Friendships of Mary Russell Mitford (1882) 396.



To-day I have a letter from the Whittington Club, begging my name to a subscription for a monument to Thomas Hood. His poems are his best monument; so it is rather to the credit of England that for his sake that one subscribes. Poor as I am, I could not refuse myself the luxury of giving ten shillings, and I am sure that, if everybody has the courage to give small sums, they will raise the 150 they want. They have nearly the sum already. The movement will be made public in a few days. They wanted influential names first.