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HODGSON, Francis (1781-1852). Provost of Eton, poet and friend of Byron.
Autograph Letter Signed to Alaric Watts (1797-1864, journalist and poet), 1 page 4to with address-leaf, Vicarage, Bakewell, 26 November 1827. Apologising profusely for his delay in acknowledging a letter and 'beautiful little book', and promising to offer something similar the following year.
'I am afraid the delay in my acknowledgment of your very obliging letter, & beautiful little book, will expose me to my own censure of epistolatory procrastination. ...'
Hodgson became best known for his literary friendship with Lord Byron, dating from 1806, when he contributed to the Anthologia Graeca, which Byron later eulogized. Watts had a more tenuous connection with Byron through his contributions to the Literary Gazette in the early 1820s, including a series of papers, 'Lord Byron's plagiarisms', in which he juxtaposed passages from Byron with passages from other poets.
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