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The Life and Letters of John Gibson Lockhart
Chapter 13: 1826
Sir Walter Scott to John Gibson Lockhart, 26 January 1826

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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The letters of Sir Walter to Lockhart at this

1Life,” iv. 99-102. 2 Ibid., iv. 120. 3 Ibid., iv. 102.

time, when so many anxieties pressed hard on both of them, mainly repeat reflections already published in the “Life,” or in the complete edition of Scott’s
Journal. A little extract may be made from a letter of January 26, 1826. Scott mentions his design of taking lodgings, or rooms in a Club. “What a relief it would have been to have had one of your attics, and to have seen affectionate faces at your daily meal, which must now be solitary enough. . . . As for myself, I look with perfect firmness and calmness on the life before me, and though I have no delight in the circumstances which have led me to adopt it, yet in respect of the life itself I like it well.

“I shall have Abbotsford to walk about in, Tom to lead me, and a pony to carry me. We will keep Pete” (the coachman) “and the old horses, if by any sacrifice it is possible; and study must be at once my amusement and my business, as indeed it has always been. For I never knew the day that I would have given up literature for ten times my late income.

“I am afraid you will suffer about the Shakespeare; but surely you will have retention on the book so far as it has gone, for recompense of your labour.

“I am, with kindest compliments to Sophia and good and kind wishes to poor Johnnie, very truly and affectionately yours,

Walter Scott.

“Do not let Johnnie forget poor old Ha papa.
Talking of the
Review, can you help me to the place where is found the curious passage about the pickling the quarters of criminals, tempore Caroli secundi, and the blow-out which the hangman gave on the occasion? It was the Retrospective Review, perhaps.

“I am sorry to send away an unsatisfactory letter; but I think you would be glad to know that I feel as firm as the Eildon hill, though a little cloudy about the head now and then, like him. My mind tells me I will get above these things in two or three years.”