It is interesting to know that Lamb played so useful and characteristic a part in this matter.
“The Sugdens.” I do not identify these friends.
“2d vol. Elias.” This would refer, I think, to the American volume, published without authority, in 1828, under the title Elia; or, Second Series, which Lamb told N.P. Willis he liked. It contained three pieces not by Lamb; the rest made up from the Works and the London Magazine (see Vol. II., notes).]
CHARLES LAMB TO EDWARD MOXON
Pray forward the enclosed, or put it in the post.
[No date. Early August, 1831.]
Dear M.—The R.A. here memorised was George Dawe, whom I knew well and heard many anecdotes of, from DANIELS and WESTALL, at H. Rogers’s—to each of them it will be well to send a Mag. in my name. It will fly like wild fire among the R. Academicians and artists. Could you get hold of Proctor—his chambers are in Lincoln’s Inn at Montagu’s—or of Janus Weathercock?—both of their prose is capital. Don’t encourage poetry. The Peter’s Net does not intend funny things only. All is fish. And leave out the sickening Elia at the end. Then it may comprise letters and characters addrest to Peter—but a signature forces it to be all characteristic of the one man Elia, or the one man Peter, which cramped me formerly. I have agreed not for my sister to know the subjects I chuse till the Mag. comes out; so beware of speaking of ’em, or writing about ’em, save generally. Be particular about this warning. Can’t you drop in some afternoon, and take a bed?
The Athenaeum has been hoaxed with some exquisite poetry that was 2 or 3 months ago in Hone’s Book. I like your 1st No. capitally. But is it not small? Come and see us, week day if possible. C.L.