1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charles Lloyd

John Wilson to William Blackwood, October 1820; Margaret Oliphant, William Blackwood and his Sons (1897) 1:265-66.



John Wilson to W. Blackwood.

I enclose for your perusal a letter from Mr. Lloyd. I feel so extremely for him, knowing his character and all the circumstances of his life, that I would not for any consideration give him pain, which might produce fatal effects upon him.

When I first wrote to him about his Tragedy I stated positively that it would be inserted at ten guineas per sheet, as I did not doubt it would be worth it. You see what his feeling about it is. With respect to the Tragedy or Drama I have not read it; but it cannot, heavy as it may be, but be exceedingly clever in many respects — that is certain. And therefore it may not, on the whole, injure the Magazine, indeed it may benefit it, although few read it. I feel myself, therefore, as you will see, obliged, by the strongest motives, to request that it may be published in the Magazine. I have no doubt that otherwise Mr. L. would be affected mentally and miserably.

Of course it cannot go into this number; but part of it next, and so on till it is finished. It will take four numbers of about eight pages each, as I conceive. I wish, therefore, that you would send Mr. L. an order for twenty guineas, being one-half, and permission to draw upon you for the rest at six months: or perhaps the twenty guineas will do at present without the other. I shall write to him by this day's post, and if you agree with me on the necessity of this, I can enclose the order for 21 in my letter. I see no way of avoiding this. I cannot lend him money without inserting the Tragedy. That would make him worse than anything.