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The Life and Letters of John Gibson Lockhart
Chapter 2: 1808-13
John Gibson Lockhart to an anonymous correspondent, 20 February 1820

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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“I mentioned in my letters already that the Scotchmen now are not in general so much to my mind as the others—the fact is, if I except myself and two others, they are all connected with the Episcopal Church of Scotland, and a great deal more bigoted than any Englishman I have yet met with. Edinburgh and Glasgow they view in no other light than as so many nurses of infidelity and scepticism. They are all very civil to me, however, and I am very happy with one of them, a son of M’Farlane, the Bishop of Ross. I rather think you will remember a son of Cocky’s—John Young—who was an exhibitioner in this college, and has now a curacy in Yorkshire. I met with him here very often in the month of December, and think him a very pleasant man indeed. His father has always behaved to him with his accustomed sourness, and I daresay he is very ill off, with a small salary of £80 or so, for not a farthing will the old boy give him, although we all know that with his wife’s portion,

1 Tom Hamilton, author of “Cyril Thornton;” the original Ensign O’Doherty in Blackwood.

&c., &c., he might spare him a good deal more than he would require.
Dr. Hutchinson’s son is a curate in Norfolkshire, and esteemed stark mad by every man in Oxford. He made his appearance here at the election, and behaved in a most absurd manner. The truth is, there cannot be a more foolish thing than for any Scotchman in ordinary circumstances to enter into the English Church. If he does, he has little chance for any better lot than a chapel in Scotland or a curacy in England. All college preferment (and in many instances a great deal of patronage, vested in the Master and Fellows) is greedily swallowed up by those who have it to dispose of, and it would be a thing quite contrary to etiquette to make a Scotchman a Fellow. Their reason for this, they say, is, that such is the known partiality all Scotchmen have for their own country, that if they once got a footing in any college they would elect none but Scotchmen, and the whole power would shortly be confined to them.

“Nearly half of the time is now spent during which I must remain here. I have spent it much more happily than I could have expected, but I must now begin to be very anxious for the month of July. . . . —Yours affectionately,

J. G. Lockhart.”