Elizabeth Barrett to Richard Hengist Horne, 3 December 1844:
'I am grateful enough to [Leigh Hunt] [...] having, .. in addition to all former causes of
gratitude, .. the present delight of reading his new critical work upon poetry. The most
delightful and genial of poetical critics he is assuredly. Not that I always agree with him [goes
on to criticise work in detail] [...] the book is, however, a beautiful book, & will be a
companion to me for the rest of my life. My brother George gave it to me, as the most
acceptable gift in the world.'