1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Wordsworth

Mary Leadbeater to George Crabbe, 19 November 1824; Leadbeater Papers (1862) 2:394.



I am pleased that thou looks kindly on Wordsworth, whom the reviewers have quoted largely to find fault with, and have even lugged him in out of his place to give him a flogging. I never met with his Excursion, except in extracts, some of which I admired — but do not find him always "understandable." His address to my friend Thomas Wilkinson's spade is a favourite with me. My pedlar is a plain honest man, by no means metaphysical, and no more sentimental than are many of our countrymen.