On Sunday 28 December 1817, Keats attended The ‘Immortal Dinner’ given by the painter Benjamin Robert Haydon in his studio. Wordsworth was guest of honour. They drank a toast ‘Newton’s health, and confusion to mathematics.’
Keats described the evening to his brothers:
“there was Wordsworth, Lamb, Monkhouse, Landseer, Kingston and your humble servant. Lamb got tipsy and blew up Kingston — proceeding so far as to take the candle across the room, hold it to his face, and show us what a soft fellow he was. I astonished Kingston at supper with a pertinacity in favour of drinking, keeping my two glasses at work in a knowing way.”
John Keats: parts of a letter to George and Tom Keats, Monday 5 January 1818.
John Kingston was ‘Comptroller of Stamps’ in the tax office, and effectively Wordsworth’s line-manager in his duties as ‘Distributor of Stamps’ (= tax-collector) for Westmoreland.
Thomas Monkhouse (1783-1825) a merchant, was a cousin of Mrs Wordsworth.
John Landseer (1768-1832) was a painter.