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The Life and Letters of John Gibson Lockhart
Chapter 20: 1826-52
John Gibson Lockhart to John Wilson, 13 May 1851

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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Sussex Place, May 13, 1851.

My dear Professor,—Since you are really serious, I must return your sheets, and I do so now (though most sorrowfully), in case you should possibly think of making some use of them in Maga.

“I certainly could never venture to produce such an article in the Quarterly Review. Were there no other obstacle, my kindness from the present William Wordsworth (who has always been a favourite with me) must be an insuperable one.

“Your story about Quillinan reminds me of a similar manœuvre in reference to the Quarterly
Review—but I can’t at once find the
Stamp-master’s letter on that affair—by far the longest I ever got from him in his own hand.1 I am, however, so accustomed to things of that sort, that even this made little impression. When any one is civil to me (I mean any one not habitually so) I always ask myself, for the first question, Is he or she big with book or big with article? Utrum horum?

“You see I send back everything. I have not mentioned, nor shall I mention, a word about your having communicated with me on the topic, to anybody. So all is and will be with yourself. Whatever report may reach me it must originate in No. 6 G. P.2—Ever affectionately yours,

J. G. Lockhart.”