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The Life and Letters of John Gibson Lockhart
Chapter 22: 1850-53
John Gibson Lockhart to Henry Hart Milman, 26 April 1851

Vol. I. Preface
Vol. I Contents.
Chapter 1: 1794-1808
Chapter 2: 1808-13
Chapter 3: 1813-15
Chapter 4: 1815-17
Chapter 5: 1817-18
Chapter 6: 1817-19
Chapter 7: 1818-20
Chapter 8: 1819-20
Chapter 9: 1820-21
Chapter 10: 1821-24
Chapter 11: 1817-24
Chapter 12: 1821-25
Chapter 13: 1826
Vol. II Contents
Chapter 14: 1826-32
Chapter 15: 1828-32
Chapter 16: 1832-36
Chapter 17: 1837-39
Chapter 18: 1837-43
Chapter 19: 1828-48
Chapter 20: 1826-52
Chapter 21: 1842-50
Chapter 22: 1850-53
Chapter 23: 1853-54
Chapter 24: Conclusion
Vol. II Index
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Sussex Place, Regent’s Park,
April 26, 1851.

Dear Dean,—I fear you have decidedly cut me as Editor of the Quarterly Review. But if not,
there is a book by the
Rev. Moses ——, which would, I think, form a capital subject for you. He is a clerk in English orders—a Polish Jew by birth—and his book is in letters to all sorts of grandees, the Duke of Manchester, Archbishops of Canterbury, York, and Dublin, Bishop of Chester, &c., &c. A more impudent, silly, and ignorant book never appeared; and he seems to be, in every sense, a lewd fellow of the baser sort. The folly of our Ashleys, &c., in patronising hoc genus of charlatan, richly deserves a little castigation. In short, never was a more thorough humbug.

“To do the thing effectively would require learning, as well as a sense of the ridiculous. Therefore, unless you could handle this Moses, or point out some one else able and willing to do so in true style, I see no chance of my getting the sort of article that is wanted.

“Have you seen Moses, or shall I send him? He would, at least, amuse an evening hour—if you ever spend a quiet evening at this time of the year.—Ever yours,

J. G. Lockhart.”