1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Wilson

William Blackwood to William Maginn, 24 July 1820; Margaret Oliphant, William Blackwood and his Sons (1897) 1:376-77.



On Thursday I sent you a newspaper containing the account of my friend Mr. Wilson's election to the Moral Philosophy Chair. This was a glorious triumph indeed. Never did the Whig gang so exert themselves, for this chair has been their stronghold. There was no kind of falsehood, misrepresentation, and blackguardism which they had not recourse to. For the last two months we have been kept in continual fever and bustle. Thank God, it is now happily over. Mr. Wilson has been a grand and most powerful supporter of the Magazine; but he will now have so much to do for some months to come that I cannot look for much of his assistance. My other friends, however, will not be the less mindful of "Maga."