1891 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Maginn

Samuel Smiles, in A Publisher and his Friends: Memoir of John Murray (1891) 2:213-14.



Murray still went on with the Representative, though the result was increasing annoyance and vexation. Mr. Milman wrote to him, "Do get a new editor for the lighter part of your paper, and look well to the Quarterly." The advice was taken, and Dr. Maginn was brought over from Paris to take charge of the lighter part of the paper at a salary of 700 a year, with a house. The result was, that a number of jeux d'esprit were inserted by him, but these were intermingled with some biting articles, which gave considerable offence.