Sunday, 6 April 2014
"Lacon, or Many Things in few Words.."
"Mr Redding draws the following picture of Mr. Colton's lodgings in [Princes Street], London.
'His sitting-room was carpetless; a common deal table stood in the centre, and a broken phial placed in a tea-saucer served for an inkstand, surrounded with letter covers and paper scraps. Four common chairs, one or two rickety, a side table holding a few books, half a quire of foolscap paper, and some discarded pens, on one side of the room, composed nearly all the furniture, fishing-rods and gun excepted. Here he indited Lacon. His copy was written on scraps of paper, blank sides of letters, and but rarely on bran-new paper. It is untrue that his rooms were as bad as some penny-a-line scribbler made out in a newspaper sketch of him. They were always clean …' "
Village London. part 4, Edward Walford, quoting Cyrus Redding's Recollections on C.C. Colton, Vicar of Kew and Petersham