[upper left in a contemporary hand: ?Henry Septimus? age 21]
Kensington, May 20th. 1845.
There can be no doubt, that Noel Nightingale
has a true poetic faculty, & of a high order, though
tending at present to an excess of a kind that needs
pruning & self-denial. I can speak thus with the
greater pleasure, by reason of the sound sense which his
letter exhibits with regard to the distinction between
poetry as a profitable wordly speculation (a very perilous
look out!) and poetry as a gift to be cultivated
during leisure & in a man's heart; - & I would
have written more, & have read his verses pen in
hand, marking throughout what I liked best or objected to,
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