1825 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Rogers

William Wordsworth to Samuel Rogers, 23 March 1825; Clayden, Rogers and his Contemporaries (1889) 1:409.



I am obliged to you by your kindness in taking so much trouble about my poems, and more especially so by the tone in which you met Mr. Murray when he was disposed to put on the airs of a patron. I do not look for much advantage either to Mr. M. or to any other bookseller with whom I may treat, and for still less to myself, but I assure you that I would a thousand times rather that not a verse of mine should ever enter the press again, than allow any of them to say that I was to the amount of the strength of a hair dependent upon their countenance, consideration, patronage, or by whatever term they may dignify their ostentation or selfish vanity. You recollect Dr. Johnson's short method of settling precedence at Dilly's, "No, Sir, authors above booksellers."