ROBERT LOVELL AND GEORGE BURNETT, MINOR DISCIPLES OF PANTISOCRACY
THE literature of political enthusiasm, since it is largely the product of eager youth aflame with Utopian visions, may often provide a very poor exhibition of the powers of understanding. But it is rich in what Bacon calls "the virtues of the will and the affections." This is true of the literature of the early period of the French Revolution in England and particularly of its most splendid vagary, the scheme of Pantisocracy fathered by Coleridge and Southey. And it is true even more particularly of the two minor disciples of Pantisocracy, Robert Lovell and George Burnett. Because they did not grow to intellectual stature comparable with that of their friends, they have not perhaps received full credit for their part in the Pantisocratic enterprise. The average reader has been so blinded by the coruscations from the minds of the youthful Coleridge and Southey that he has seen very obscurely the figures and knows little of the careers of the minor members of the original company of Utopian dreamers.
No biographical sketch of Robert Lovell exists. The Dictionary of National Biography does not honour him with an article. We first meet him in a letter of Southey to Grosvenor C. Bedford from Bath December 14, 1793:
The gentleman who brings this letter must occupy a few lines of it. His name is Lovel. I know him but