From the death of his mother to mid-1797 was a desolate period, in which Lamb clung to Coleridge’s religion and Coleridge’s married happiness as if to make these a sustaining part of himself. He spent long hours writing to Coleridge in the office or while his senile father dozed, pouring out his worries and hopes without self-pity. The letters concentrate on the practical and poetic matters that would interest Coleridge. Coleridge, to his everlasting credit, supported Lamb manfully from the midst of a thousand distractions.1 And through Coleridge he made two new friends, the Jacobin John Thelwall and the young Quaker poet Charles Lloyd.
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- 28.Fruman suggests that Lamb’s ‘dream’ may have given Coleridge the idea of writing about a dream of his own—etc. See Norman Fruman, Coleridge, The Damaged Archangel (New York: Braziller, 1971) 345–6.Google Scholar