Letter of Sir Walter Scott to John Murray, 30 October 1808

Scott suggested which literary works should be reviewed in Murray's publication 'The Quarterly Review'. Scott was so confident in its success, he offered to work for free if it did not make a profit.


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Dear Sir

Since I had the pleasure of seeing you I have
the satisfaction to find that Mr Gifford has accepted
the task of editing the intended Review. This was
communicated to me by the Lord Advocate who at the
same time requested me to write Mr Gifford on the
subject. I have done so at great length pointing out
whatever occured to me on the facilities or difficulties
of the work in general as well as in the editorial department
offering at the same time all the assistance in my
power to set matters upon a good footing & to keep
them so. I presume he will have my letter by the
time this reaches you & that he will communicate
with you fully upon the details. I am as certain as
of my existence that the plan will answer provided
provided sufficient attention is used in procuring &
selecting articles of merit.

I have been also turning over in my mind
the plan of the Novels & Romances. In my opinion they
should be set about without loss of time beginning
with the Novels. Richardson Fielding & Smollet will