1826 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Maginn

John Gibson Lockhart to William Blackwood, 16 November 1826; Margaret Oliphant, William Blackwood and his Sons (1897) 1:242.



The Doctor, poor fellow, has of late done one very good paper for me [Quarterly Review], but what he spends his time in God only knows. I never saw a man grow more inferior to himself in a short time than he has to the O'Doherty of former days. Newspaper scribbling has totally destroyed a style that was always too light and hasty. There is now little whalebone indeed remaining.