1850 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Rogers

Prince Albert to Samuel Rogers, 8 May 1850; Clayden, Rogers and his Contemporaries (1889) 2:352.



My dear Mr. Rogers,

The death of the lamented Mr. Wordsworth has vacated the office of Poet Laureate. Although the spirit of the times has put an end to the practice (at all times objectionable) of exacting laudatory Odes from the holder of that office, the Queen attaches importance to its maintenance from its historical antiquity and the means it affords to the Sovereign of a more personal connection with the Poets of the country through one of their chiefs. I am authorised, accordingly, to offer you this honorary post, and can tell you that it will give Her Majesty great pleasure if it were accepted by one whom she has known so long, and who would so much adorn it; but that she would not have thought of offering it to you at your advanced age if any duties or trouble were attached to it.

Believe me always, my dear Mr. Rogers,

Yours truly,

Albert.