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By Jonathan Cutmore

The "Quarterly assessment" provides an extraordinary chance to Romantic students to check the reality of Marilyn Butler's declare that the early nineteenth-century periodical is the matrix for democratization of public writing and studying. this is often the second one identify during this sequence to examine its effect.

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The Saints were active supporters of the Edinburgh until Sydney Smith turned on them in a series of articles on evangelical missions he published in 1807 and 1808. Thus betrayed by their former propaganda partners in the slave trade abolition campaign, they too had been contemplating a counter journal. They now pledged to support the Quarterly. 51 Scott, Murray, and their co-conspirators had in the course of these initial efforts especially solicited contributions from men whose reputations Jeffrey had ‘murdered, and who [were] rising to cry wo upon him, like the ghosts in King Richard’,52 Young, Gregory, Rogers, Moore, Douce, Sotheby, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Southey, and various Saints.

While he appeared to take in stride being schooled in the editorial arts by a tyro fifteen years his junior, his letter to Scott is studiously written in le langage des hommes raisonnables, so much so that between the lines one can read resentment and irony. 11 Evidently, it was humiliating to Gifford to be cast as Scott’s subaltern. Earlier in the year his political sponsors had failed to rally to his standard; now they hearkened to Scott’s war cry and positioned Scott as Gifford’s superior. 12 Muted resentment will out, as well it did for in the coming months, as we shall see, Gifford punished Scott by thwarting the friends and colleagues he put forward as contributors to the Quarterly Review.

68 A mutual friend of Scott and Canning’s, Heber was – effectively, if not by design – a surrogate for the Foreign Secretary. These, then, were the men who were present at the creation: Scott, Murray, Heber, and Ballantyne. Scott’s plans for Murray were important enough to him that he desired to spend time with the young man, to test his soundness and develop a relationship, and so he pressed Murray to extend his visit by a few days. 69 On Monday, Scott took his three guests ‘on a truly delightful walk’ around the countryside to the Braes of Yarrow and to Newark Tower.

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