Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), poet, critic, and philosopher. In a letter of 1798 Coleridge records a visit to Cobham to visit Wedgwood at Stoke House. The visit is also recorded in a letter written by the governess of Wedgwood's children Thomasin Dennis: "Mr coleridge came to Stoke last week and was entertaining beyond anything I could have imagined, but I was surprised to hear him say that Burns and Cowper were the only modern writers that deserve the name of poet." At Cambridge University Coleridge had become close friends with Francis Wrangham, who was curate of St Andrews in Cobham from 1794- 5.