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Stephen Duck and Jonathan Swift

Duck "had a personality which attracted those who met him; his simple uprightness and naïve charm won a measure of personal liking from even such harsh judges as Pope and Swift, neither of whom had a kind word for him as a poet" (ODNB). Swift also subscribed to Duck's first authorized publication, Poems On Several Occasions (1736).

James Montgomery and John Holland

Holland's poems "eventually brought him to the notice of local poet James Montgomery, editor of the Sheffield Iris, who published both articles and poems of his in the paper, although commenting on the latter's 'inaccuracies and imperfections' and remarking that 'they would be twice as good if they were as short again.' " (Wikipedia)

Holland addressed a poem to Montgomery, A Poet's Gratulation: addressed to James Montgomery on the eightieth anniversary of his birthday

John Clare and Charles Lamb

Clare "had attended [John] Taylor's soirées, met Coleridge, Hazlitt, Cunningham, Lamb, Cary, and other important literary figures. He had become the drinking companion of E. V. Rippingille, the painter, and had visited several of the great artists of the day. He corresponded with George Darley, Thomas Pringle, James Montgomery, Sir Charles Elton, and others." (ODNB)

James Hogg and Robert Tannahill

"Hogg had been in the Highlands on business ... and Paisley not being far off their way, Hogg expressed a desire to see Tannahill, the Weaver Poet of Paisley ... [James] Barr has said Hogg was enraptured with their company, and it was a treat to see the friendship of the two bards. The contrast was striking - the one healthly, lively, and off-hand; the other delicate, quiet, and unassuming" (Semple lxxx)