CAMPBELL, Thomas (1777-1844). Poet.
Lengthy Autograph Letter Signed to 'My dear John' (perhaps John Murray?), 2 pages 8vo with integral blank, 'Monday', no date, watermark 1825. A pencilled annotation seems to suggest that the letter is about Sir Walter Scott's standing for the rectorship of Glasgow University, the position to which Campblell himself was elevated in 1826.
Explaining that he had been on the way to call on Scott but had been forced by his rheumatism to abandon the journey.
'... I am annoyd however at not being able to leave even a token of my remembrance with the great worthy. The more I think of all his past conduct - the more I contrast it with ---'s. I feel the more regard for the former. What a difference. I discover by a letter from Glasgow that Moncrieff has never been proposed so that unless he is put on the list by ---'s influence I am certain the Glasgow Whigs would never have thought of him. My mind is now very easy as to the election - it will be no dishonour to be defeated by Scott - his name is an apology for any man's failure. ...'Provenance: from a collection formed by A.M. Broadley in 1903.
The image is of the second page.