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Quarterly Review
VOLUME 3, NUMBER 6 (May 1810)


NOTES

  • This Number was published 21 July 1810 [Courier advertisement, 23 July 1810; cf. Courier, 7 July 1810: '... in a few days ....'; BL MS. 28099 (ff.75-76), WG to George Ellis, 12 July 1810: 'We shall be out next week: I hope on Thursday ....' Murray MS., Ellis to JM, 22 July (1810), says that the QR has arrived]

  • Note at the end of Number 6, on page 517: 'Unforeseen accidents have delayed the appearance of the present Number; but arrangements have been made to ensure a more regular Publication in future.'

  • Murray printed 5000 of this Number [Murray MS., accounts book; Iowa MS., f. 110, JM to John Wilson Croker, 2 April 1810]

  • Booksellers announced on the title page for this Number: John Murray, London; Parker, Oxford; Deighton, Cambridge; Manner and Miller, Edinburgh; Brash and Reid, Glasgow; Sidney, Perth; Brown, Aberdeen; Donaldson, Perth; Johnstone, Dumfries

  • The Number cost Murray £793, including £127 for printing, £2 for wrappers, £2 for 750 labels, £16 for corrections, £301 for paper, £6.9 to 'Jackson for 172 Chinese characters', £72 for stitching, £10 for books, postage, carriage, £53 for editor and copyright, £178 for articles. [Murray MS., accounts book]
  • By November 1811 Murray still had on hand 900 copies [Murray MS., accounts book]

  • By November 1811 Murray still had on hand 900 copies [Murray MS., accounts book]

  • Two books by Edward Copleston are advertised at the head of this Number. The position of the advertisements at the head of the volume after the Contents is unusual and indicates Copleston's status with the editorial coterie as well as the intrinsic relevance of the volumes to a journal set up to counter the Edinburgh Review. The two volumes are Remarks upon an Article in No. 31 of the Edinburgh Review and Reply to the Calumnies of the Edinburgh Review against Oxford

  • July 1810 Portugal was invaded by France

  • Important or especially interesting articles in this Number include: #101 (George Ellis's review of Scott's 'Lady of the Lake')

  • Number of definite attributions for this issue: 14

  • Number of probable or possible attributions for this issue: 2

CONTENTS, IDENTIFICATION OF CONTRIBUTORS, AND HISTORICAL NOTES


85 Article 1. Staunton, Ta Tsing Leu Lee; being the Fundamental Laws, and a Selection from the Supplementary Statutes of the Penal Code of China; originally printed and published in Pekin, in various successive editions, under the sanction, and by the authority, of the several Emperors of the Ta Tsing, or present dynasty. Translated from the Chinese, and accompanied with an Appendix, consisting of authentic Documents, and a few occasional Notes, illustrative of the subject of the work, 273-319. Author: John Barrow.

Running Title: Ta Tsing Leu Lee; or, the Laws of China. [Textual note: the running title runs across the two facing odd and even pages, with Ta Tsing Leu Lee; on the even pages and or, the Laws of China. on the odd pages.]

Notes: In attributing the article to Barrow, Shine cites JM III's Register (but incorrectly transcribes the entry); Barrow 501-2; and Smiles I 166. Shine also quotes from the following two letters. Murray MS., WG to JM, 3 July 1810: 'Beloe has been worrying Mr B for an Article on Sir G Staunton.' Murray MS., WG to JM, July 17, 1810: 'The Chinese Pantheon ... to Mr Barrow and a list of what books you want from Paris.'

The following evidence is published here for the first time. The author cites, five times, Barrow's Life of Lord Macartney and his Travels in China. There is a specific reference on p.276 of the article to p.271 of #48, Barrow's first article. The first sentence of article #119, also by Barrow, refers back to this article; this article is also referred to in #333, 349, and 389, articles that are by Barrow. The author of #142WI (probably Barrow) takes credit for this article and articles #85, 119, 147, 333, and 389, all of which are by Barrow. In his QR articles, it was Barrow's signature practice to refer to his own works. Murray MS. John Barrow to WG, [multiple letters] 6 Mar. 1810, 20 Mar. 1810, 26 Mar. 1810, and 6 Apr. 1810, discuss this art. at its various stages of development. BL MS. 28099 (f.73), WG to George Ellis, 21 May 1810: 'I have a review of young Staunton's ... book, very curious, but very long. With this I must begin.' Murray MS., WG to JM, 8 Aug. 1810: 'If we are to have him [Grant, his article on Pitt, #114], however, I expect that he will reach you or me in a post or two—If not, we must, I think, begin with Barrow.' Murray MS., Cash Book, 1810-11, p.38: '7 May 1810 Quarterly Review / To cash in part paid Josh. Jackson for cutting 88 Chinese characters for No. 6 £2 / for cutting 88 more £4.0 / total 172.'

JM II's marked QR: 'Sir Geo Staunton'.

JM III's Register: 'Sir Geo Staunton [citing marked QR] J Barrow'.


86 Article 2. [Walsh,] A Letter on the Genius and Disposition of the French Government, including a View of the Taxation of the French Empire, 320-39. Author: George Ellis.

Running Title: Walsh, on the Genius and Disposition of the French Government. [Textual note: the running title runs over two pages, with Walsh, on the Genius and appearing on even pages and Disposition of the French Government on odd pages.]

Notes: In querying its attribution to Ellis, Shine cites JM III's Register. Shine also quotes from Murray MS., WG to JM, 16 July [1810; 17 July 1810 postmark]: 'I have put up & left on my table for you No 2 for Mr G Ellis ....'

The following evidence was first published in VPR 27. Murray MS., George Ellis to JM, n.d. [1808 watermark], says that WG has pressed him to send his 'American' article [Walsh writes under the pseudonym 'an American'], which he now transmits; he will also review the 'Lady of the Lake' [a reference to #101, which therefore indicates that 'American' refers to #86]. Murray MS., Ellis to JM, 4 Feb. 1810 and Murray MS., Ellis to JM 4 Apr. 1810, Ellis states his interest in reviewing this work. BL MS. 28099 (f.73), WG to Ellis, 21 May 1810, says that in the upcoming Number the review of Staunton will be first and Ellis's 'American Article' second.

[Bookseller's note: 'On the tyranny which Napoleonic bureaucracy imposed upon the empire, with particular emphasis on the oppressive tax system.']

JM III's Register: '?Mr George Ellis' and with the following note: 'See W G's letter of July 6, 1810 & G E's Feb 1810 & Ap 4/10.'


87 Article 3. Murphy [Maturin], Fatal Revenge; or, the Family of Montorio: a Romance, 339-47. Author: Walter Scott.

Running Title: Fatal Revenge; or, the Family of Montorio.

Notes: In attributing the article to Scott, Shine cites JM III's Register; Pfeiffer in PQ, XI 103; Scott; Grierson III 257n, XII 338-39n; Gentleman's Magazine XXI 138; Douglas I 160; Graham 41; Idman 314n11; and Scott-Maturin. Shine also quotes from Iowa MS., JM to [John Wilson Croker], n.d.: 'Walter Scott gave us one or two <general> ideas upon Romances in his review of "Fatal Revenge." Q. R Vol 3 No 6 p339'.

The following evidence is published here for the first time. The article was advertised in the Courier, 26 Mar. 1810 for inclusion in QR Number 5, but delays kept it out. Maturin was Scott's protégé. The ten letters quoted or summarized below establish Scott as the author of #87, of a second article, #100, and possibly of a third article, #90.

A Murray MS., WG to JM, [17 Mar. 1810]: 'The packet from Scott is this instant arrived—but I do not see how we can insert it, as I think we are full. However we will talk it over—I have not yet opened it.' This letter is quoted by Shine at entry #90. But the following letters suggest that the first article of Scott's to arrive at this time was #87.

B Murray MS., WG to JM, [17 Mar. 1810]: 'Mr Heber, who called here this evening, thinks Scott's Article should if possible appear on account of his name. If you are of the same opinion, let me know, and I will prepare it.' 'Scott's article,' as supra, appears to refer to #87, but may refer to #71.

C Murray MS., WG to JM, [Mar. 1810], says Scott's article has arrived and 'it is an Ironical imitation of Dr Johnson.' Articles #87 and 100 cannot reasonably be described as ironical imitations of Dr. Johnson. Article #90, on the other hand, can possibly be so. Johnson is mentioned in #90 (on page 379), which may have suggested the thought to WG. There is a better argument, however, for article #71 being ironically Johnsonian.

D NLS MS. 3878 (f.119), WG to Walter Scott, 28 Mar. 1810, says Scott's 'pleasant Article' was advertised for issue Number 5 but delays kept it out. The only article advertised in the Courier, 26 Mar. 1810, for inclusion in QR Number 5 that did not appear was a review of Murphy's Revenge. In the same letter WG speaks of a second article: 'I received the little Article from Croker which is very good. Both, of course, go into our next No.' As all evidence suggests that Croker's first contribution was #146, WG's meaning is that he has received an article from Scott who had made use of John Wilson Croker's franking privileges as Secretary of the Admiralty. The 'little Article' cannot be #100 as WG only proposes the topic of #100 in this letter. It perhaps refers instead to #90.

E Murray MS., George Ellis to JM, 4 Apr. 1810, says that JM has a review by Scott in hand. The reference is probably to #87. In the light of the letter quoted at note B, it is significant that Ellis mentions only a single review. It appears he was unaware of the second article, the 'little Article' that is also alluded to in the following letter.

F BL MS. 28099 (f.72), WG to Ellis, 6 Apr. 1810: 'O that Scott! He sent me two hurried articles, just as the Rev. [Number 5] was printed.' This is strong evidence to suggest that before the publication of Number 6 WG had in hand at least two articles by Scott. It may suggest that he had two articles in hand in addition to #87, as WG had received that article in time to publish in Number 5.

G NLS MS. 3879 (f.116), WG to Scott, 24 May 1810, informs Scott that in the upcoming Number his 'poor Irish friend's book is reviewed' and he need not fear an attack on his person, though 'the hero of his tale' comes under fire. (See page 342 of #87.) Maturin, Scott's protégé, was Irish. Article #87 is the only prose fiction reviewed in this Number. On the face of it, the statement suggests that someone besides Scott reviewed Maturin. WG, however, is merely defending his own editorial intrusions.

H Iowa MS., JM to [John Wilson Croker], n.d.: 'Walter Scott gave us one or two <general> ideas upon Romances in his review of "Fatal Revenge." Q. R Vol 3 No 6 p339'

I NLS MS. 3879 (ff. 171-72), JM to Scott, 28 Aug. 1810: 'the little article on Maturin—is universally picked out for its original & just ideas of Romance writing.' In this manner WG typically stroked his contributors' egos, which is further evidence that #87 is by Scott.

J NLS MS. (3879 f.197), WG to Scott, 22 Sept. 1810, thanks Scott for his 'two little articles in our last'. This suggests that Scott contributed only two articles to this Number. However, as #87 was originally scheduled for Number 5, and Scott had already received WG's thanks for it, it is possible that #90 and #100 are being singled out.

See also evidence at #71, #90 and #100.

JM III's Register: attribution to Scott, but without evidence.


88 Article 4. Milner, The History, Ecclesiastical and Civil, and Survey of the Antiquities of Winchester. Second Edition, corrected and enlarged, 347-68. Author: Thomas Dunham Whitaker.

Running Title: Dr. Milner's History of Winchester.

Notes: In attributing the article to Whitaker, Shine cites JM III's Register and Nichols xxix.

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Murray MS., Book Loans Register: the book reviewed was sent to 'Revd. Dr. Whitaker' on 28 Sept. 1809 and again 9 Feb. 1811.

[Bookseller's note: 'Commonly regarded as one of the best town histories, but which does not give such a good municipal history.']

JM II's marked QR: 'Dr. Whittaker'.

JM III's Register: attribution to Whitaker, but without evidence.


89 Article 5. Jones, An Account of the Remarkable Effects of the Eau Médicinale, 368-74. Author: Thomas Young.

Running Title: Dr. Jones's Account of the Eau Médicinale.

Notes: In attributing the article to Young, Shine cites JM III's Register; Brande XXVIII 157; Gentleman's Magazine XXI 138; Young 228; and Pettigrew IV 21.

The following evidence is published here for the first time. The article appears in Young's definitive MS. list of his QR articles.

JM III's Register: attribution to Young, but without evidence.


90 Article 6. Pursuits of Agriculture, a Satirical Poem, in Three Cantos, with Notes, 374-79. Author: Walter Scott, possibly.

Running Title: Pursuits of Agriculture.

Notes: In its queried attribution to Scott, Shine cites JM III's Register. Shine also quotes from the following letters. Murray MS., WG to JM, [17 Mar. 1810]: 'The packet from Scott is this instant arrived—but I do not see how we can insert it, as I think we are full. However we will talk it over—I have not yet opened it.' Murray MS., WG to JM, [Mar. 1810], says Scott's article has arrived and 'it is an Ironical imitation of Dr Johnson.' Murray MS., WG to JM, [17 Mar. 1810]: 'Mr Heber, who called here this evening, thinks Scott's Article should if possible appear on account of his name. If you are of the same opinion, let me know, and I will prepare it.'

The following evidence was first published in VPR 28. NLS MS. (3879 f.197), WG to Scott, 22 Sept. 1810, thanks Scott for his 'two little articles in our last'. This would suggest that Scott contributed only two articles to this Number. However, as #87 was originally scheduled for Number 5, and Scott had already received WG's thanks for it, here #100 and possibly #90 and are being singled out. See also the evidence at #87 that unravels the complex evidence of Scott's participation in this Number. In the letter quoted above, Murray MS., WG to JM, [Mar. 1810], WG says Scott's article has arrived and 'it is an Ironical imitation of Dr Johnson.' Article's #87 and 100 cannot reasonably be described as ironical imitations of Dr. Johnson. Article #90, on the other hand, possibly fits that description. Johnson is mentioned in #90 (on page 379), which may have suggested the thought to WG.

JM III's Register: attribution to Scott, but without evidence.


91 Article 7. The Ramayuna of Valmeeki, translated from the Sungskrit, with explanatory Notes. By William Carey and Joshua Marshman, 379-99. Author: Sharon Turner.

Running Title: The Ramayuna of Valmeeki.

Notes: In attributing the article to Turner, Shine cites JM III's Register. Shine also quotes from the following two letters. Murray MS., WG to JM, [March 1810]: 'I have the Turner.' Murray MS., WG to JM, 30 July 1810: 'Before I left town, I put up the money for Mr Turner, Mr Symmons & sent it by the penny post.'

JM II's marked QR: 'Sharon Turner.'

JM III's Register: attribution to Turner, but without evidence.


92 Article 8. Stanley, Æschyli Tragœdiœ quœ supersunt deperditarum Fabularum Fragmenta et Scholia Grœca, ex Editione Thomas Stanleii, &c., &c. Accedunt Varœ Lectiones et Notœ, V V. D D. Criticœ ac Philologicœ, quibus suas passim intertexuit Samuel Butler, 389-98. Author: John Symmons.

Running Title: Stanley's Æschylus.

Notes: In querying its attribution to Symmons, Shine follows JM III's Register. Shine also quotes from Murray MS., WG to JM, 21 May 1810: 'If you have not sent Mr Symmons the Letter to Bloomfield [sic], pray let the boy take it immediately. He has returned the M.S. But I wish him to see the letter.'

The following evidence was first published in VPR 27. Murray MS., Book Loans Register: the book reviewed was sent to 'John Symmons, Richmond Surrey' on 4 Jan. 1810. Murray MS., John Symmons to JM, 19 Jan. [1810], says he has promised to review 'Butler's Aschylus' [sic] and asks for the loan of related books. See also evidence at #91.

JM III's Register: '?J Symmons' and the following note in pencil: 'There was an art in this No by a Mr Symmons.'


93 Article 9. Sermons of Samuel Horsley, L L.D. F.R.S. F.A.S. late Lord Bishop of St. Asaph, 398-407. Author: George D'Oyly, possibly; OR Thomas Dunham Whitaker, possibly.

Running Title: Bishop Horsley's Sermons.

Notes: In attributing the article to D'Oyly, Shine cites JM III's Register. In suggesting Whitaker as an alternative attribution, Shine cites Nichols xxix.

The following information is published here for the first time. The evidence in favour of each of these writers is equally persuasive, but is not strong in either case. Murray MS., Book Loans Register: Horsley's Biblical Criticisms sent to 'G. D'Oyley' on 1 May [possibly 1817].

The subject of this article was reviewed in ER #544, Feb. 1811, by Josiah Walker.

JM III's Register: attribution to D'Oyly, citing Cooke's memorandum book.


94 Article 10. Shee, Elements of Art: a Poem, in Six Cantos; with Notes, and a Preface, including Strictures on the State of the Arts, &c., 407-17. Authors: John Hoppner and Samuel Rogers, possibly, and with William Gifford; OR Edmund Lodge, possibly, and with William Gifford.

Running Title: Shee's Elements of Art.

Notes: In querying its co-attribution of the article to Hoppner and Gifford, Shine quotes from the following two letters. Murray MS., WG to JM, 18 June 1809: 'He [Hoppner] promises to write to Rogers for the poetry of Shee, but intends to reserve the notes for himself.' [Hoppner died 23 Jan.1810].' Murray MS., WG to JM, 3 July 1810: 'I have look[ed] over Shee once more & made it, I think, a good article.'

The following evidence and information is published here for the first time. Murray MS., Book Loans Register: the book reviewed sent to 'E. Lodge' on 8 Nov. 1809.

Shee's Rhymes on Art was reviewed in ER #291, Apr. 1811, by John Thomson.


95 Article 11. Berwick, The Life of Apollonius, translated from the Greek of Philostratus; with Notes and Illustrations, 417-31. Author: Thomas Fanshaw Middleton.

Running Title: Berwick's Life of Apollonius.

Notes: In attributing the article to Middleton, Shine cites JM III's Register. Shine says to see also Grierson II 386-87. Shine quotes from Murray MS., WG to JM, 2 Feb. 1810: 'Dr Middleton's direction / Tansor / near Oundle, Northamptonshire ... / Pray let Philostratus's Life of Apollonius go immediately. I am sure it will be ably done.'

The following evidence and information is published here for the first time. Murray MS., Book Loans Register: the book reviewed was sent to 'Revd Dr Middleton Tansor near Oundle / Northamps' on 2 Feb. 1810. Murray MS., Book Loans Register: the book reviewed was also sent to 'John Symmons Richmond' on 24 Jan. 1810. NLS MS. 3879 (ff. 215-48), E. Berwick to Walter Scott, 16 Oct. 1810, complains of his treatment in the QR and thanks Scott for his commiseration. Middleton, who became co-editor of the British Critic in 1811, was a school fellow at Christ's Hospital of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Charles Lamb.

JM II's marked QR: 'Bp Middleton'

JM III's Register: attribution to Middleton, but without evidence.


96 Article 12. Select Poems, &c. By the late John Dawes Worgan, of Bristol. To which are added, some Particulars of his Life and Character, by an early Friend and Associate. With a Preface by William Hayley, Esq., 431-39. Author: Charles Abraham Elton.

Running Title: Worgan's Select Poems, &c.

Notes: In attributing the article to Elton, Shine cites JM III's Register but incorrectly indicates that the entry is queried. Shine also quotes from Murray MS., WG to JM, 16 July [1810; 17 July 1810 postmark]: 'I have put up & left on my table for you No 2 for Mr G Ellis & No 12 for Mr Elton.'

The following evidence is published here for the first time. Murray MS., Book Loans Register: the book reviewed was sent to 'Chs. A. Elton Esqr Portland Place Bath' on 19 Feb. 1810. Murray MS., Cash Book 1810-11, p. 13: 'Quarterly Review Dr. [i.e., debit] 19 Feb 1810 Worgan's Poems sent by coach to C. A. Elton Esq.'

[Bookseller's note: 'Worgan lived for two and a half years in the house of Edward Jenner as tutor to the physician's simple son. As a result of Jenner's influence, Worgan became an enthusiastic promoter of vaccination; he wrote some heroic couplets on vaccination, as well as six essays on the subject for Gentleman's Magazine (all reprinted here). Worgan corresponded with Hayley for some years before his death at the age of 19. Hayley admired his poetry, but discouraged him from publishing his work at too young an age. Hayley's preface concludes with a 3-page verse "Elegy" to Worgan, Jenner, and youthful genius. CBEL II, 659.']

JM III's Register: 'Charles A Elton' in pencil and with the following note: 'See J. M's Mem Book.'


97 Article 13. [George Vason,] An Authentic Narrative of Four Years' Residence at Tongataboo, one of the Friendly Islands, in the South Sea. By ———, who went thither in the Duff, under Captain Wilson, in 1796. With an Appendix, by an eminent Writer, 440-55. Author: Robert Southey.

Running Title: Residence at Tongataboo.

Notes: In attributing the article to Southey, Shine cites JM III's Register; Cottle 242-43; and Southey 577.

The following evidence is published here for the first time. The article appears in Southey definitive MS. list of his QR articles. Ramos 122.

[Bookseller's note: 'This is an authentic account of the life of the missionary George Vason who was one of the first ten Christian missionaries to arrive in Tonga. He left the missionaries at Tonga and lived among the natives for four years. He began to dress and live as a Tongan, and married one of the native girls. He built up an estate and became a prosperous Tongan gentlemen until the beginning of the civil wars in 1799. He was tattooed, and looked and spoke like a Tongan. He escaped the wars on the ship, Royal Admiral, and returned to Nottingham where he died in 1838. He told his story to James Orange and only two versions have been printed, this one in 1810 and one in 1840. His description of Tonga at the end of the eighteenth century is important in that it precedes William Mariner's longer account published in 1817, but the two accounts give uniquely objective reports of Tonga before and during the civil war. Hill, Pacific Voyages, p.306; Ferguson, 507b.']

JM II's marked QR: 'Southey'.

JM III's Register: attribution to Southey, but without evidence.


98 Article 14. Grahame, British Georgics, 456-61. Author: Robert Southey.

Running Title: Grahame's British Georgics.

Notes: In attributing the article to Southey, Shine cites JM III's Register. Shine also quotes from Murray MS., WG to JM, 13 Feb. 1810: 'I do not see any probability of indulging ourselves with it [Cromek's article on Grahame]. After Scott had resigned it so readily to Southey & I had no suspicion of anyone besides undertaking it, I wrote to him [Southey] more than a month since, that the work was at his service;—He had sketched out the plan of his review, which I approved, and I dare say ... that his critique is finished.'

The following evidence and information is published here for the first time. The article appears in Southey's definitive MS. list of his QR articles. NLS MS., 3878 (f.24), WG to Walter Scott, 17 Feb. 1810: 'Southey has taken Graham'. Ramos 122. Murray and Longman published the book under review.

The subject of this article was reviewed in ER #519, Apr. 1810, by Francis Jeffrey.

JM II's marked QR: 'Southey'.

JM III's Register: attribution to Southey, but without evidence.


99 Article 15. Mémoires de Physique et de Chimie, de la Société d'Arcueil; [Quarterly Review Archive editor's note: the following works do not appear in the head note but are introduced for review at the pages indicated] Biot, Experiments on the Propagation of Sound in Vapours, 467; Laplace, On the Motion of Light in transparent Mediums, 471; Malus, On the Property of reflected Light, and On a Property of the repulsive Forces which act on Light; Lussac and Thénard, Abstract of Memoirs read to the Institute from the 7th March, 1808, to the 27th February, 1809, 477; Biot, Experiments on the Propagation of Sound through solid Bodies, and through the Air contained in very long Pipes, 479; 462-81. Author: Thomas Young, possibly sub-edited by Olinthus Gregory.

Running Title: Mémoires d'Arcueil.

Notes: In attributing the article to Young alone, Shine cites JM III's Register; Brande XXVIII 157; Gentleman's Magazine 138; and Pettigrew IV 21. Shine also quotes from Murray MS., WG to JM, 8 Aug. 1810: 'I have also heard from Gregory this morning, & he speaks in raptures of Dr Young's D'Arcueil.'

The following evidence and information is published here for the first time. The article appears in Young's definitive MS. list of his QR articles. Olinthus Gregory and Thomas Young usually sub-edited each other's contributions to the QR.

Volumes I and II of Mémoires d'Arcueil were reviewed by John Lelie in ER in #490, Oct. 1809, and #505, Jan. 1810.

JM III's Register: attribution to Young, but without evidence.


100 Article 16. Evans, Old Ballads, Historical, &c.; Aikin, Essays on Song Writing, &c. A New Edition; Aikin, Vocal Poetry, or a Select Collection of English Songs. To which is prefixed, an Essay on Song Writing, 481-92. Author: Walter Scott.

Running Title: Aikin on Song Writing.

Notes: In attributing the article to Scott, Shine cites JM III's Register; Scott; Douglas I, 160; and Grierson II, 387, 397n. Shine says to see also Grierson II 397 and 397n.

The following evidence is published here for the first time. NLS MS. 3878 (f.119), WG to Walter Scott, 28 Mar. 1810, in asking what else Scott will do suggests 'Evans.' NLS MS. 3879 (f.60), WG to Scott, 30 Apr. 1810: 'Evans, I hope will have reached you before this letter.' See also evidence at #87 and 101.

JM II's marked QR: 'Sir W Scott'.

JM III's Register: attribution to Scott, but without evidence.


101 Article 17. Scott, Lady of the Lake, a Poem, 492-517. Author: George Ellis.

Running Title: Scott's Lady of the Lake.

Notes: In attributing the article to Ellis, Shine cites JM III's Register; Grierson II, 322n, 346, 346n; Lockhart III, 110; Smiles I, 126; QR CCX, 747; Hildyard; and 'Ellis, George' DNB.

The following evidence and information is published here for the first time. BL MS. 28099 (f.73-74), WG to George Ellis, 21 May 1810: 'O, if you could but be persuaded to Review it [Scott's poem] for our next!' Murray MS., Ellis to JM, n.d. [1808 watermark], says that WG has pressed him to send his 'American' article (see #86), which he now transmits, and states that he will review the 'Lady of the Lake'. Murray MS., Ellis to JM, Wednesday, June 1810, says he sends his review of this poem. BL MS. 28099 (f.75-76), WG to Ellis, 12 July 1810: '... we are enabled to end with so excellent an Article as yours, which I have now placed after Scott & Rev. Evans.' For a useful note on Scott's The Lady of the Lake, including comment on its critical reception in contemporary journals (the note does not, however, mention the article on Scott's poem in the Quarterly Review), see the Walter Scott Digital Archive, an excellent online resource from the Division of Special Collections, Edinburgh University Library.

The subject of this article was reviewed in ER #521, Aug. 1810, Francis Jeffrey.

JM II's marked QR: 'Geo Ellis'.

JM III's Register: attribution to Ellis, but without evidence.

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