This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1837. Excerpt: ... him, whereas, let him confess nothing, and he will always find some injudicious admirers to vindicate even his faults. So that I think after publication the effect of criticism should be prospective, in which point of view I dare say Mr. G. will take your friendly hint, especially as it is confirmed by that of the best judges who have read the poem. Here is beautiful weather for April! an absolute snow-storm mortifying me to the core by retarding the growth of all my young trees and shrubs. Charlotte begs to be most respectfully remembered to your Ladyship and Lady D. We are realizing the nursery tale of the man and his wife who lived in a vinegar bottle, for our only sitting-room is just twelve feet square, and my Eve alleges that I am too big for our paradise. To make amends, I have created a tolerable garden, occupying about an English acre, which I begin to be very fond of. When one passes forty, an addition to the quiet occupations of life becomes of real value, for I do not hunt and fish with quite the relish I did ten years ago. Adieu, my dear Lady Louisa, and all good attend you. „-„ „ 'Walter Scott." CHAPTER III. AFFAIRS OF JOHN BALLANTYNE & CO.--CAUSES OF THEIR DERANGEMENT--LETTERS OF SCOTT TO HIS PARTNERS--NEGOTIATION FOR RELIEF WITH MESSRS. CONSTABLE--NEW PURCHASE OF LAND AT ABBOTSFORD--EMBARRASSMENTS CONTINUED--JOHN BALLANTYNE S EXPRESSES--DRUMLANRIG--PENRITH, ETC.--SCOTT'S MEETING WITH THE MARQUIS OF ABERCORN AT LONGTOWN--HIS APPLICATION TO THE DUKE OF BUCCLEUCH--OFFER OF THE POET-LAUREATESHIP--CONSIDERED--AND DECLINED--ADDRESS OF THE CITY OF EDINBURGH TO THE PRINCE REGENT--ITS RECEPTION--CIVIC HONORS CONFERRED ON SCOTT--QUESTION OF TAXATION ON LITERARY INCOME--LETTERS TO MR. MORRITT--MR. SOUTHEY--MR. RICHARDSON--MR. CRABBE...
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As son-in-law and literary executor to Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832), John Gibson Lockhart (1794–1854) was uniquely placed to produce a definitive biography of the great poet and novelist. This celebrated seven-volume work, published in 1837–8, is based on personal memories, correspondence, and Scott's own autobiographical sketches.
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