1809 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Scott

Thomas Campbell to John Murray, 2 June 1809; Smiles, in A Publisher and his Friends: Memoir of John Murray (1891) 1:330.



I received the review [of Gertrude of Wyoming, by Walter Scott], for which I thank you, and beg leave through you to express my best acknowledgements to the unknown reviewer. I do not by this mean to say that I think every one of his censures just. On the contrary, if I had an opportunity of personal conference with so candid and sensible a man, I think I could in some degree acquit myself of the faults he has found. But altogether I am pleased with his manner, and very proud of his approbation. He reviews like a gentleman, a Christian, and a scholar.