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Memoir of John Murray
Walter Scott to John Murray, [November 1825]

Vol. 1 Contents
Chapter I.
Chapter II.
Chapter III.
Chapter IV.
Chapter V.
Chapter VI.
Chapter VII.
Chapter VIII.
Chapter IX.
Chapter X.
Chapter XI.
Chapter XII.
Chapter XIII.
Chapter XIV.
Chapter XV.
Chapter XVI.
Chapter XVII.
Chapter XVIII.
Chapter XIX.
Vol. 2 Contents
Chap. XX.
Chap. XXI.
Chap. XXII.
Chap. XXIII.
Chap. XXIV.
Chap. XXV.
Chap. XXVI.
Chap. XXVII.
Chap. XXIX.
Chap. XXX.
Chap. XXXI.
Chap. XXXII.
Chap. XXXIV.
Chap. XXXV.
Chap. XXXVI.
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My Dear Sir,

I have your letter this morning. Besides yourself, I only write to Heber, on whose friendship, long-tried, and prudence, I could perfectly rely; mentioning the rumours in question, and my reasons for being confident that they were perfectly groundless, so far as Lockhart’s temper and disposition were implicated. In fact, I think that in sacrificing a competent revenue, leaving his native country, and quitting at once his views in life and his natural connections, he gives the deepest pledge he can do that no light or trivial temptation could induce him to risk the safety of the concern in which he may now be said to have embarked his all.

If I had not felt absolutely confident that Lockhart had the same deep and serious views in the matter which I
have expressed, I would not, for half my fortune, have given my opinion in favour of his removal. I have written also to
Southey, not with reference to this subject in particular, but because I thought he might with justice suppose that I knew all about this change while at his house in September, and that I ought to have spoken to him about it as an old friend. I think this was incumbent on me at any rate, and took the opportunity to rectify any opinion which he might have entertained of Lockhart from some passages in Blackwood’s which could not but be disagreeable to himself and Wordsworth, and which I was instructed positively to deny. I thought this species of explanation due to Southey, both as my own much respected friend, and as an old contributor to the Review, indeed a most valued supporter of it. I never thought Mr. Barrow had the least personal ill-will against Lockhart, but it was easy for him to be led into forming an erroneous opinion of his character by hearing old stories imperfectly mixed up with new matter to which he had no access. Some of his earlier flights were certainly not prudent, but I am sure there was none of them different in character from the frolics which young men of talent so often indulge in. I am sure he has now added both prudence and experience to his considerable talents, and hope he will do well for himself and for you.

Believe me, yours very truly,
Walter Scott.