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Twenty-six letters of William Blackwood, publisher (died 1834).

Identifier: MS.3551

Scope and Contents

Twenty-two of the letters are addressed to William Maginn and relate mainly to the affairs of ‘Blackwood's Magazine’, including the dispute between Blackwood and Richard Martin as a result of references to the latter in the 'Noctes Ambrosianae'. Throughout there are references to Sir Walter Scott, John Gibson Lockhart, John Galt, and other literary figures. At the end (folio 50) is an apparently unpublished review by William Maginn of William Thomas Brande's ‘Manual of Pharmacy’.


  • Creation: 1824-1825, 1828, 1833.

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61 Leaves ; Folio and under.

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61 folios.

Custodial History

The letters were bought by the National Library of Scotland with the aid of the Reid Fund.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, 1941.


Brande, William Thomas. ‘Manual of pharmacy’ (London, 1825).
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