1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Wilson Croker

John Wilson, et. al., in Blackwood's Magazine (March 1824); Noctes Ambrosianae, ed. Mackenzie (1854) 1:393-94.



NORTH. Has Murray much on hand?

ODOHERTY. A good deal. Croker is going to publish with him the Suffolk Papers.

NORTH. Heavy, I suppose.

ODOHERTY. No — the contrary — at least so I am told. Croker could not do any thing heavy.

NORTH. He is fond of editing old papers — Lord Hertford has placed the Conway Papers in his hands; and I perceive, by a note in the new edition of D'Israeli's Curiosities of Literature, that the old gentleman—

TICKLER. An excellent judge.

NORTH. Far better — declares that they will throw much light on our, that is, English history.

ODOHERTY. Apropos of Croker — a namesake of his [T. Crofton Croker], and a countryman of mine, a fine lad, one of my chiefest chums, indeed, has brought out with Murray a quarto on the South of Ireland.

NORTH. I have not read it — just looked over the prints — very famous lithography, by my honor.