Wilson, John, 1785-1854

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Scottish poet and critic, "Christopher North."

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Edinburgh, to an unidentified correspondent, 1842 Oct. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270587437

"Christopher North". Scottish author.

From the description of Autograph note signed with initials : [n.p.], to his wife, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270588898

John Wilson (1785-1854) was a Scottish author, the "Christopher North" of Blackwood's Magazine, and professor of moral philosophy at Edinburgh University. For a full account of his life and work see the Dictionary of National Biography

From the guide to the Correspondence of John Wilson, 1809-1852, (GB 206 Leeds University Library)

John Wilson, Scottish critic and essayist, wrote three long poems before losing his estate through a relative's mismanagement in 1815. He joined with Lockhart and Hogg to found Blackwell's, and in 1820 was appointed professor of moral philosophy at Edinburgh. He continued to contribute to Blackwell's and also published rural short stories and two novels.

From the description of John Wilson papers, 1810-1844. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84224468

From the description of John Wilson papers, 1810-1844. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702147117

"Christopher North;" Scottish author.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Queens St., to Mr. Millar, 1816 Oct. 23. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270588246

John Wilson was born in Paisley on May 18, 1785, and was educated at Glasgow University and Magdalen College, Oxford, from which he received his M.A. in 1810. He then took up residence at Elleray in Windermere, married Jane Penny, and devoted himself to writing poetry. The Isle of Palms, and Other Poems, was published in 1812.

In 1815 Wilson lost his inheritance due to a relative's mismanagement and returned to Scotland, where he was called to the bar in 1815. But his first interest continued to be literature, and in 1817 he joined with William Blackwood and John Gibson Lockhart to found Blackwood's Magazine. An ardent Tory, in 1820 Wilson was appointed to the Chair of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh University through the support of his political allies. Despite the controversy that greeted his appointment, Wilson won respect as a dedicated and inspiring lecturer.

Wilson continued to be a prolific and frequent contributor to Blackwood's until the death of his wife in 1837. Some of his more popular pieces were collected and published as Lights and Shadows of Scottish Life (1822) and Noctes Ambrosianae, which appeared posthumously.

Wilson retired from his professorship in 1851 due to ill-health, and died in Edinburgh on April 3, 1854.

From the guide to the John Wilson papers, 1810-1844, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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referencedIn Collection of autograph letters, ca. 1829-1915. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Wilson, John, 1785-1854. Analytical essays on the old English dramatists, No. VIII [manuscript] : the witch of Edmonton. Ford, Dekker, and Rowley, ca. 1820. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Louis Arthur Holman collection of Keats iconography and related papers, 1752-1963. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Blair, Alexander, 19th cent.,. Autograph letters initialled from Alexander Blair to John Wilson [manuscript], 1819-1833. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Wilson, John, 1785-1854. Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to W. Howith , [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf John Wilson papers, 1810-1844 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn An Essay on the Genius of George Cruikshank, 1808-1877 William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
creatorOf Gilbert, Harry M. (Harry Mathena), 1879-1964. The evening cloud / [words by] Christopher North (John Wilson) ; [music by] Harry M. Gilbert. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn William Wordsworth collection, 1656-1987, (bulk 1798-1850) Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Wilson, John, 1785-1854,. Autograph letters from John Wilson to Alexander Blair [manuscript], 1824-1850. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Jaffe, Louis I. (Louis Isaac), 1888-1950. Collection of letters from a variety of prominent 19th century Americans [manuscript], 1821-1875. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Wilson, John, 1785-1854,. Autograph letters signed from John Wilson to Alexander Blair [manuscript], 1818-1833. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Wilson, John, 1785-1854,. Autograph letter signed from John Wilson to an unidentified recipient [manuscript], 1849 October 11. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf L. E. L. (Letitia Elizabeth Landon), 1802-1838. Letters, 1825-1838. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Wilson, John, 1785-1854. Autograph letter signed John Wilson to: Robert Southey Esq. Wellesley College
referencedIn Dickinson family library, 1810-1977. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Wilson, John, 1785-1854. Autograph letter signed : Salford, Lancs., to an unidentified recipient, 1844 Feb. 10. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Lectures and Papers of John Wilson, 'Christopher North' (1785-1854), 1804-1844 Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Wilson, John, 1785-1854. John Wilson papers, 1810-1844. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Wilson, John, 1785-1854,. Autograph letters signed from John Wilson to Alexander Blair [manuscript], 1849-1850. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Wilson, John, 1785-1854. Autograph note signed with initials : [n.p.], to his wife, [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850. William Wordsworth collection, 1656-1987 (bulk 1798-1850). Cornell University Library
creatorOf Wilson, John, 1785-1854. John Wilson papers, 1810-1844. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Outram, George, 1805-1856,. Autograph letters signed from George Outram, Glasgow, to various recipients [manuscript], 1849 November-December. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Hogg, James, 1770-1835. The descent of love : holograph, 1831 / by the Ettrick Shepherd. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
creatorOf Wilson, John, 1785-1854. Autograph letter signed : Queens St., to Mr. Millar, 1816 Oct. 23. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Thackeray, William Makepeace, 1811-1863. An essay on the genius of George Cruikshank / by W. M. Thackeray ; and additional memoirs by Hamilton, Stephens, Wilson, Bates and others. Illustrated by one thousand seven hundred original caricatures, etchings, woodcuts, &c. selected from his works and in addition several sheets of original drawings besides autographs of Cruikshank, Thackeray, &c. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Sotheby, William, 1757-1833. Letters to William Sotheby, 1813-1833. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf De Quincey, Thomas, 1785-1859. Thomas De Quincey manuscript material : 11 items, 1811-1853. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Wilson, John, 1785-1854. Letter : Edinburgh, to W.G. Whitworth, Oxford, 1833 October 8. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
creatorOf Wilson, John, 1785-1854. Autograph letter signed : Edinburgh, to an unidentified correspondent, 1842 Oct. 15. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Correspondence of John Wilson, 1809-1852 GB 206 Leeds University Library
referencedIn Thomas Campbell manuscript material : 66 items, 1803-1844 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf Wilson, John, 1785-1854,. Autograph letter signed from John Wilson to an unidentified recipient [manuscript], 1845 January 9 Thursday. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870. Autograph envelope front signed : London, to John Wilson, 1848 Mar. 30. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Wilson, John, 1785-1854. Letter : to Dear Sir, [18--?] Aug. 3. University of Rhode Island Library, Kingston, University Library
creatorOf Lamb, Charles, 1775-1834. ALS : Enfield, to John Wilson, [1833?]. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Thomas De Quincey manuscript material : 15 items, 1811-1853 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
referencedIn Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1840 Feb. 5, 14 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, to David Laing, W. S. Library [Signet Library] Edinburgh / P. Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
referencedIn Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890. Letter, 1887, June 16, Girvan, Scotland, to [Sir Sidney] Colvin. Brown University, John Hay Library
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associatedWith Dekker, Thomas, ca. 1572-1632. person
associatedWith De Quincey, Thomas, 1785-1859. person
associatedWith Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870. person
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associatedWith Fearing, Daniel B. (Daniel Butler), 1859-1918 person
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associatedWith Gilbert, Harry M. (Harry Mathena), 1879-1964. person
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associatedWith Jaffe, Louis I. (Louis Isaac), 1888-1950 person
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associatedWith Southey, Robert, 1774-1843. person
associatedWith Thackeray, William Makepeace, 1811-1863. person
associatedWith Whitworth, W. G. person
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Scotland--Glasgow
Scotland
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Authors and publishers--19th century
Letters 19th century
Authors and publishers--Great Britain--19th century
Publishers and publishing--History--19th century
Greek drama--Manuscripts
Publishers and publishing--Scotland--History--19th century
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Birth 1785-05-18

Death 1854-04-03

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