1864 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Maginn

Charles Knight, in Passages of a Working Life (1864) 2:24-25.



I must not linger amongst the loungers of my back room, yet I cannot forget one of the pleasantest and most improving, Dr. Maginn. To him the gossip of the modern world was as familiar as the learning of the ancient. From some organic defect of utterance his speech was occasionally hesitating; yet when his words came forth they were full of meaning — always pleasant, often wise. It cannot be denied he was best of a morning, — the double excitement of the table and the talk was sometimes too much for him.