1842 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Maginn

John Blackwood to his brothers, 15 January 1842; Margaret Oliphant, William Blackwood and his Sons (1897) 2:334..



Maginn has this moment been in, looking worse than ever I saw him. He said the Liverpool tale is fragmentary, and may be stopped almost at any point. He has however a little more done, and would finish it if he were sure that we would print it. There is a great deal in what he says as to its being a succession of fragments, and I think you might try a part of it. He said he had hopes of other tales; but it was no use speaking to-day, for he would not sit down, and said not to think that he was coming bothering for money, for as for that he did not care a damn about it. If you do not use the Tragedy paper I think you should return it to him, as he might sell it to one of the London Magazines. I asked his address in London: he said the "Age" office, and seemed unwilling to give it. Altogether he was a most melancholy spectacle, and it has made me very sad to see him in such a state. He had a terrible cough, and looked death-like.