British Fiction, 18001829

WILSON, John. Trials of Margaret Lyndsay, The (1823)

Anecdotal Records

Letter from William Wordsworth to Henry Crabb Robinson.
27 Jan [1829]
I have seen the Article in Blackwood alluded to in your last—it is undoubtedly from the pen of Mr Wilson himself. He is a perverse Mortal,—not to say worse of him. Have you peeped into his Trials of Margaret Lyndsay—you will there see to what an extend he has played the Plagiarist—with the very tale of Margaret in the Excursion, which he abuses.
Source: The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, ed. by Ernest De Selincourt, 2nd edn, rev. and ed. by Alan G. Hill, 5 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1979), V.2, 17.
Notes: The reference is to Wilson’s article on poetry in Blackwood’s Magazine 24 (1828): 917–38. Year is from the postmark.

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