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The Life and Letters of John Gibson Lockhart
Chapter 2: 1808-13
John Gibson Lockhart to John Lockhart senior, 21 October 1810

Vol. I. Preface
Vol. I Contents.
Chapter 1: 1794-1808
Chapter 2: 1808-13
Chapter 3: 1813-15
Chapter 4: 1815-17
Chapter 5: 1817-18
Chapter 6: 1817-19
Chapter 7: 1818-20
Chapter 8: 1819-20
Chapter 9: 1820-21
Chapter 10: 1821-24
Chapter 11: 1817-24
Chapter 12: 1821-25
Chapter 13: 1826
Vol. II Contents
Chapter 14: 1826-32
Chapter 15: 1828-32
Chapter 16: 1832-36
Chapter 17: 1837-39
Chapter 18: 1837-43
Chapter 19: 1828-48
Chapter 20: 1826-52
Chapter 21: 1842-50
Chapter 22: 1850-53
Chapter 23: 1853-54
Chapter 24: Conclusion
Vol. II Index
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“My Dear Father,—I have the pleasure of informing you that I arrived here last night, about twelve o’clock, in all the safety that you could wish. I wrote from Macclesfield, the stage on this side Manchester, but I had not time then to inform you of any of the particulars of my journey. From Glasgow to Manchester I had the company of Charles Hagen, Doctor of Philosophy, and Professor of Agriculture in the University of Koenigsberg: Mr. Plau, a merchant in Memel, &c.: and a Cumberland traveller of whom I know nothing. Mr. Plau came with me so far as Birmingham, but I know nothing of my other companions from Manchester to Birmingham, except that one was a Welsh student, who more patrio wore a Welsh wig, and a Londoner of very dignified appearance, who passed himself off for a personage of no small dignity.

“I had every reason to be well pleased with my journey and everything concerning it. Upon the whole I was very much amused, and derived not only amusement but a great deal of instructive information from my two continental companions, both of whom have favoured me and all my friends with an invitation to take up our residence with them whenever we happen to visit their respective cities.


“I have just been drinking tea with Jenkyns” (later Master of Balliol), “who is exceedingly gracious, and desires to be particularly remembered to you all. Hamilton” (Sir William) “has been in college all summer, has read through Aristotle’s Organon, and all the works of Hippocrates. I wish I could say that I had done as much, but I hope to make up for my idle summer by my diligent winter. I need not bid you write, for you know your letters are my greatest comfort in my progress. My travelling expenses were exactly £10 after I left you.—Ever your affectionate and dutiful son,

J. G. Lockhart.”