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The Life and Letters of John Gibson Lockhart
Chapter 3: 1813-15
John Gibson Lockhart to Jonathan Christie, 28 February 1815

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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“Have you seen ‘The Saxon and the Gael’? If not, you will find it a clever enough representation of Edinburgh a few years ago. A number of very capital anecdotes, mostly old here, but new perhaps to you. This much I say from having read half a volume, and from hearsay. There is come out another Highland novel called ‘Clan Albin’ which I have not seen, but which they say is equal or superior to ‘Waverley.’ Little doubt is now entertained as to the authors of that production. It seems a young friend of W. Scott’s sketched the story and outlined everything. Walter Scott inserted the humour and brushed all up. ‘Clan Albin’s’ author is not known. Old Johnny Pinkerton, on account of his notorious scurrility and hatred of Edinburgh, is suspected of ‘The Saxon and Gael.’ What a fecund fellow Wattie is! a long poem and two novels in the same year, besides reviews, songs, &c., &c., for they say Sir Guy the1 () is ready, or in the press. Most of my novel was written before I read ‘Waverley,’ but I fear the

1 “Sir Guy the Searcher”? Scott liked to quote that person, for he himself was always on the search for his missing papers, &c. More probably “Guy Mannering” is intended.

rush upon Scotland consequent to that popular work is such that mine is likely to be crushed among the row. I intend letting it sleep a year or two and making use of it as a drawable for some more extensive thing. Now allow me to hope that I am to hear from you immediately. Remember me to any friends, will you, and believe me ever, most truly yours,

J. G. L.

P.S.—I heard lately both from Hamilton and Traill. They are dancing in Edinburgh.”