Carlos A. G. Estorninho
Literature and Art
Collected by Carlos A.G. Estorninho
These letters, now published for the first time, from notable British Contemporaries of Almeida Garrett, are kept in his «Literary Remains» in the General Library, University of Coimbra.
Newcastle upon Tyne.
January 28. 1826
My dear Sir
You will, I dare say, have been for some time imagining that I have been very ungrateful in not replying to your kind letter which I had the pleasure to find awaiting my return from a Journey I was obliged to take. My avocations and the public duty I have to perform call me frequently from home and more particularly lately having to prepare for the next parliament all the documents for a great undertaking in this neighbourhood. I have not however been unmindful either of you or your poem.
I had read it with considerable pleasure and satisfaction but not liking to trust entirely to my own judgement I sent it to a friend of mine fully qualified to give an opinion upon its merits and who coincided with me in the favourable idea I had formed of it. I send you his own words as nearly as may be, informing you at the same time that you must make allowances for the diffidence with which he professes to give his opinion.
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