as to which flower was meant, a kind of doubt which would never accompany a floral description by Tennyson.
It is interesting to put beside this inspirational aspect of poetry the fact that the poet at one time planned a newspaper with his friends Felton and Cleveland, involving such a perfectly practical and business-like communication as this, with his publisher, Samuel Colman, which is as follows:
From the Chamberlain Collection of Autographs, Boston Public Library.
Cambridge, July 6, 1839.
my dear Sir,—In compliance with your wishes I have ordered 2200 copies of Hyperion to be printed.
I do it with the understanding, that you will give your notes for $250 each, instead of the sums mentioned in the agreement: and that I shall be allowed 50 copies instead of 25 for distribution.
This will leave you 150, which strikes me as a very large number.
The first Vol. ( 212 pp. ) will be done to-day: and the whole in a fortnight, I hope.
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