1838 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Gibson Lockhart

Thomas Campbell, 1838; William Beattie, Life and Letters of Thomas Campbell (1849) 3:254.



He [Campbell] spoke much of Lockhart's Life of Scott — especially of the way in which Mr. Lockhart had done his duty, as a biographer: — "Omitting nothing — glossing over nothing — he has done his duty nobly, and fearlessly, and deserves praise for it. I do not say that everything in that Life elevates your opinion of Sir Walter Scott; but the object was — not to make him a demigod, or a faultless man, but to tell the truth; and this Mr. Lockhart has done."