I had the pleasure of meeting the Ettrick Shepherd, accompanied by the Rev. Dr. Croly, to whom he had been introduced at Blackwood's. They were kind enough to return with us, and stayed to dinner, though my domestic menage had not yet recovered its wonted order since our return from Germany. I tried hard for information from Dr. Croly about my favourite, Maturin, whom, up to this day, I regard as an author of extraordinary powers; but to my thinking, though the Doctor spoke of him with kindness as a companion, and fellow-student, he by no means admired his genius so much as I could have wished or expected. I fear there is not over much of brotherly love or esprit de corps among our English or Irish writers!