1852 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Wilson

Thomas Babington Macaulay to Mr. Gordon, 16 July 1852; Mary Wilson Gordon, Christopher North (1862; 1894) 451-52.



MY DEAR MR. GORDON:

I am truly grateful for your kindness in letting me know how generous a part Professor Wilson acted towards me. From my school-days, when I delighted in the Isle of Palms and the City of the Plague, I have admired his genius. Politics at a later period made us, in some sense, enemies. But I have long entertained none but kind feelings towards him, and his conduct on Tuesday is not the first proof which he has given that he feels kindly towards me. I hope that you will let him know how much pleasure and how much pride I felt when I learned he had given me so conspicuous a mark of his esteem.

With many thanks for your congratulations, believe me, yours most truly,

T. B. Macaulay