chapter  77
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The anonymous author of ‘Table Talk’ in the Morning Post, London, comments on Goldsmith’s indifference to sublime nature in The Traveller, 18 December 1844

On 9 December r 844 William Wordsworth, the poet, wrote a letter about the Kendal and Windermere railway to the editors of the Morning Post. This letter, discussing the effects of the proposed railway on the natural landscape beauty of the Lake District, provoked some commentary. Among the replies to Wordsworth was the anonymous author of 'Table Talk,' a daily colunm in the Morning Post. While most of this reply deals with the effects of the new railway on the poor of the Lake District, several paragraphs comment on the tradition of poems about the destruction of landscape-especially Goldsmith and Wordsworth.