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The Life and Letters of John Gibson Lockhart
Chapter 2: 1808-13
John Gibson Lockhart to Elizabeth Lockhart, 3 October 1812

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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[Postmark, Oxford, Oct. 3] 1812.

My dearest Mother,—I would have been unwilling to delay writing to some of you so long, but have put off day by day in the expectation of letters from you. . . . Our term commences this day fort-
night, and
Jenkyns has already made his appearance. I have no pleasure in the prospect, for excepting one or two friends, for whom I have every reason to entertain the most sincere affection, few places contain so few desirable to me as Balliol. At present we have nothing here but electioneering in all its glories—you are happily spared all such spectacles in the North. A namesake of ours, a glib lawyer—a silly country gentleman, who is just about to complete his folly by a hopeless effort—a young noble in the Marlborough interest, and a worthy Burdettite, summoned hither by the suffrages of a few blackguards, are the four candidates, and among them they continue at least to din our ears day and night with drums and fifes, and drunken halloos.

“I was not a little astonished to see advertised, in the end of the last Edinburgh Review, ‘Documents in favour of the Rev. D. D., junr., St. Cuthbert’s, as touching the late election for a Hebrew Professor in Edinburgh.’ Mr. Murray, who has succeeded, I have long heard mentioned as absolutely one of the very first Oriental scholars in Europe. Could the fat descendant of the —— be so presuming as to stand against such a man on the strength of a little ill-digested Greek and Latin, and about as much Hebrew, I daresay, as his Aunty Betty? O vanity! If I might quote Latin to you, Ne sutor, &c. Let Mr. Davy stick to the West Kirk, and the auld wifies, and the Religious
Monitor. But Hebrew professorships, worthy man! I beg you would, by some means, contrive among you to let me hear a little more frequently from you; and when you do write, I wish you would give me more domestic news. I am very sure
Lawrence’s marrow bones need not prevent him from finding abundance of time to write me, at least every fortnight.—Yours most affectionately,

“J. G. L.”