Montgomery had many acquaintances, and a few devoted friends. Foremost among them was John Holland, whom he more than once calls a "good man and true." He was the poet's loved and loving friend from a very early period, and to him (in conjunction with Mr. Everett) was assigned the duty of compiling the life of the poet. The task was discharged with sound judgment and nice discrimination, although with deep affection and abundant zeal.
Mr. Holland, the author of numerous works in prose and verse, was for many years editor of the Sheffield Mercury. He still lives in a green and vigorous old age, and is at present the honoured manager of the Sheffield Literary and Philosophic Institution.