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Kirkby Stephen poet John Close was well on the way to official recognition as the next Wordsworth or Coleridge when Civil Servants realised his work was only libellous doggerel and venal flattery.  In spite of the efforts of Lords Carlisle and Lonsdale, hopes of a generous pension came to nothing.  Close repaired instead to Kirkby station where he regaled visitors with his verse while his wife sustained the audience with the finest, best and strongest tea in town.  

See the Poet and his compositions in the Automaton Alphabet.