The Life of Sir Walter Scott

By John Macrone; Daniel Grader | Go to book overview

The Afterglow of Abbotsford: John
Macrone, Celebrity Culture, and
Commemoration

Gillian Hughes

John Macrone (1809–37) seems a typical speculator of the 1830s, when improved communications and a rapidly expanding and somewhat unstable capitalism rendered London a world-class financial and publishing centre. As Daniel Grader has shown, he appeared above the horizon of literary London, blazed comet-like for a mere six years, and then disappeared once again. His career thus provides a faint adumbration of that of the great fictional capitalists of the Victorian age, of the Mr Merdle of Dickens’s Little Dorrit (1855–7) or the Augustus Melmotte of Trollope’s The Way We Live Now (1875). The insecurity which he strove to negotiate also gives him a curious, if strictly limited, affinity with Scott in his final years, in so far as Scott was a notable player in the creation of a house of cards of mutual credit built up by himself, the Ballantynes, Archibald Constable, and London booksellers such as Hurst and Robinson, and which had imploded so spectacularly at the start of 1826.1 Macrone worked hard throughout his brief career as a publisher to create a public reputation for resources he could not be demonstratively proved to possess. It is far from clear, for instance, whether Macrone was ever in possession of the necessary capital required to support him in business as a publisher. James Cochrane recalled that Macrone, when first introduced to him early in 1832 by James Hogg, ‘represented to me that he had some Capital & would be glad to join me in business’,2 but by the end of the year, when detailed negotiations were under way, Cochrane realised that he had ‘not a shilling himself, & that his friends expect me to produce Capital equal to what they may feel inclined to advance’.3 The amount of Macrone’s final

1. For details see, for instance, Sutherland, John [1995] (1997), The Life of Walter Scott: A Critical Biography, Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 272–98.

2. James Cochrane to Sir Egerton Brydges, 13 October 1834, in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University: MSS Osborn Files, Folder 3446.

3. James Cochrane to James Hogg, 10 December 1832, in National Library of Scotland (hereafter NLS), MS 2245, fols 216–17. I am grateful to the Trustees of the National Library of Scotland for permission to cite manuscript material in their care.

-49-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The Life of Sir Walter Scott
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgements vii
  • Introduction 1
  • The Afterglow of Abbotsford- John Macrone, Celebrity Culture, and Commemoration 49
  • Preface 63
  • Chapter I - Macrone at Abbotsford and Innerleithen in 1832 65
  • Chapter II - 1771–1797 70
  • Chapter III - 1797–1815 77
  • Chapter IV - The Novelist 85
  • Chapter V - Scott at Abbotsford 95
  • Chapter VI - Miscellaneous Traits and Anecdotes 102
  • Chapter VII - 1831–2 116
  • Chapter VIII - Eulogy 125
  • Appendix I - Macrone and Cunningham 130
  • Appendix II - A Fragment of Another Preface 132
  • Appendix III - Another Conclusion 133
  • Appendix IV - Hogg’s Anecdotes Introduced 134
  • Appendix V - Three Witnesses 136
  • Bibliography 149
  • Index 155
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
/ 156

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.