1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Struthers

Walter Scott to Joanna Baillie, 9 May 1808; Lockhart, Life of Scott (1837-38; 1902) 2:60.



Your letter found me in this quiet corner, and while it always gives me pride and pleasure to hear from you, I am truly concerned at Constable's unaccountable delays [in publishing the Poor Man's Sabbath]. I suppose that, in the hurry of his departure for London, his promise to write Mr. Struthers had escaped; as for any desire to quit his bargain, it is out of the question. If Mr. Struthers will send to my house in Castle Street, the manuscript designed for the press, I will get him a short bill for the copy-money the moment Constable returns, or perhaps before he comes down. He may rely on the bargain being definitively settled, and the printing will, I suppose, be begun immediately on the great bibliopolist's return; on which occasion I shall have, according to the old phrase, "a crow to pluck with him, and a pock to put the feathers in."