2363. Robert Southey to [Cornelius Neale], 15 January 1814 *
Keswick Jany. 15. 1814.
I thank you for the honour you are pleased to confer upon me.  Let me however request that you will not call me the greatest poet of the age; – if I should hereafter be ranked among the greatest it will be fame sufficient.
Your tragedy reached me last night. I have perused it with much pleasure, & could say much in its praise: – but as it is not yet published I will rather point out two trifling instances (I believe they are the only ones) in which you seem to have forgotten that your scene lies in the East, & that the personages are Turkish. You speak in one place of the soldiers feather as an object of vulgar attraction,  & in another of the hermits wooden chair.  This is <Both are> of so little importance that they are perhaps hardly worthy of notice.
Believe me Sir
Yrs with sincere respect
Should any occasion lead you into this part of the world, I trust you will give me an opportunity of becoming personally acquainted with one who, I trust, is destined to hold a high place among our dramatic writers.