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The Life and Letters of John Gibson Lockhart
Chapter 18: 1837-43
John Gibson Lockhart to Henry Hart Milman, 4 October 1840

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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Milton, October 4, 1840.

My dear Milman,—Thanks for your seria mixta jocis. I believe I must cut ecclesiastical things entirely—it is so very hard to keep the peace among my reverend allies: but I think I altered nothing in your last article, though I omitted a few things, and italicised one or two of the quotations; and I am sure you will own that if the article were to be in the same number with that on Tom Carlyle, this was as little as the Editor could do in the way of manipulation, and most assuredly I took a hundred times more liberty with the Oxonian,1 wherefore his jobation is yet to come. He has spent these three months past in Ireland, and is still there. . . . I expect that his lucubrations will be highly curious and interesting, as regards the prime object of his study, viz., the actual state and system of the Romish clergy, and I hope that this study will be found

1 Sewell apparently.

to have much qualified his general theory as to the legitimate scope of ecclesiastical authority. It would be a lamentable thing for me to lose him. I seriously think him one of the greatest writers now going; and even
Croker expresses admiration pure and unmixed of his last paper, though he is as far as you are, perhaps, from the New Mania; but I am thoroughly alive to the danger of the case, and extremely obliged to you for all your hints.

“Of the nine poetesses1 only one has written in acknowledgment—and perhaps she is the best of them, ‘V——.’ She says that ‘all her good has come on her at once,’ for she never ‘hoped’ either to be praised in the Quarterly Review, or to get a husband, and that both this article and a proposal ‘reached her in the same week.’ I expect cake. H. B. must not make her the Terpsichore of the choir.

“I am sorry John Murray has not sent you the Memoirs you wanted—pray, en attendant, give us a short article on the French tract you mention—but can I not persuade you to buckle to Juvenal and Persius? You only have to assume the truth as to the profound ignorance of the public, and make free use of the best bits of Dryden, Gifford, Drummond, &c, &c, and throw off a fine rhapsody on Satire—Greek, Roman, Italian, French, and English—and you can’t fail to produce a most entertaining, instructive, and really valuable article.

1 Nine Muses reviewed in the Quarterly.

Gifford’s notes are capital material, many of them, both for extract and in the way of suggestion.
Hallam has shown, as well as yourself heretofore, how new such old things may be made to appear under the treatment of a vigorous hand thoroughly mistress of the craft. Another favourite scheme of mine for you has been ‘Ovid.’”