LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Without wishing to seem ungracious to Mr. Andrew Wilton for his generous review of my Samuel Palmer a Biography and The Letters of Samuel Palmer, may I make one observation?
In the latter Mr. Wilton takes me to task for my transcription of a phrase from a letter of 1839, viz., “inveighed Hannah into the conspiracy,” and he says the word “must be ‘inveigled’.” Has Mr. Wilton examined the MSS? If not, I can assure him that “inveighed” is what is written in the originals. If Mr. Wilton consults The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary he will see that one meaning of inveigh is “to entice, inveigle.”
15 December 1978