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The Life and Letters of John Gibson Lockhart
Chapter 14: 1826-32
Sir Walter Scott to John Gibson Lockhart, 11 December 1828

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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Edinburgh, 11th December 1828.

My dear Lockhart,—I have been every day anxiously expecting to hear from or see you. Your bed here is ready, and your presence anxiously hoped for. On the 20th we go to Abbotsford, so you may consider whether you had rather come there, and pass a few days of January in town when the Session recalls me, or come hither at once. All
your old friends long to see you, and inquiries are frequent as to the where or when. I expect the
Morritts at Christmas, but I hope you will not tether your motions by theirs. The sooner you come, and the longer you can stay, so much the better for us. I only wish Sophia and the bairns could come with you; but for this we must wait for summer, which will come if the almanac keeps its word. I have nothing to add but that we are well, happy, and prosperous. The ‘Tales’ have been most successful. An edition of 10,000 has been sold, and another is in the press: no bad thing for grandpapa, who, though, like Dogberry, ‘a fellow who hath had losses,’ is like to prove like the said Dogberry, ‘a rich fellow enough. Go to!’

“I still wish you much to see the Duke before you come down. I would have you be the man you ought to be with these great folks, and that can only be by taking upon you a little more than the modesty of your nature will readily allow you to do. Men are always rated as they rate themselves, and if you let them suppose that either the publisher or any of the contributors are the moving source of the great engine which you command, your personal services will be coldly estimated. They are all, I believe, convinced of your consequence to the cause, and you need not let them forget that it is to yourself they owe them.—Always yours, with affectionate love to dear Johnnie, Walter, little miss, not forgetting mama.”