1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Struthers

Walter Scott to Joanna Baillie, 20 September 1808; Lockhart, Life of Scott (1837-38; 1902) 2:78.



I have had a visit from the author of The Poor Man's Sabbath, whose affairs with Constable are, I hope, settled to his satisfaction. I got him a few books more then were originally stipulated, and have endeavoured to interest Lord Leven, and through him Mr. Wilberforce, and through them both, the saints in general, in the success of this modest and apparently worthy man. Lord Leven has promised his exertions; and the interest of the party, if exerted, would save a work tenfold inferior in real merit.