1837 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Gibson Lockhart

John Herman Merivale, Diary Entry, 29 March 1837; Anna Wilhelmina Merivale, Family Memorials (1884) 354.



March 29. Read the first volume of Lockhart's Life of Scott, with as great delight as I have ever experienced from any work of Biography, and am heartily sorry to be forced to suspend it till the first of May, when it is announced that the second will make its appearance. How much of my own life does it make me live over again while reading it! Half Lawyer, half Litterateur, and (in my own estimate at least) Poet — how much do I owe to my wife's resolution and firmness, and the prudent advice of Dr. Drury, (for my own father, in his parental partiality, was always urging me in a contrary direction) for keeping me steady to a course from which I have at least derived a competence, even though in comparative obscurity.