1822 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. George Croly

John Gibson Lockhart to William Blackwood, 1822 ca.; Margaret Oliphant, William Blackwood and his Sons (1897) 1:207-08.



I am tolerably busy just now, but must and will give you a lift. Indeed both the London Magas are so good this month that even your own superexcellent number will be no more than what was needful. These people can't rival your best things, but they have many more hands and more steady ones. I don't think Croly is used to give himself much trouble or time. He is able to do far better than he commonly does for "Maga." I think I may venture to promise you one way or another two sheets, but I shall not begin till I know what Maginn is likely to be at. "Don Juan" — these cantos are far better than the last three. Shall I say so?