[ John Wilson ('Christopher North'), editor of Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine ('the Maga').] to 'Torre', regarding the itinerary of an English journey., with reference to 'Thalberg' (the pianist Sigismond Thalberg?) and his (masonic?) 'apron'.

John Wilson [ 'Christopher North' ] (1785-1854) of Elleray, editor of Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine,Professor of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh University [ Sigismond Thalberg; Robert Addison ]
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Newcastle on Tyne. 21 January 1845.
SKU: 19863

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with slight stain from mount at head. An interesting sidelight on the British cultural milieu in early Victorian England. He has received Torre's letter and also the paper he 'sent to London'. He cannot go to Banbury on 6 February as he is at Cheltenham. 'I wish I knew where the Thalberg party were going to, for I want to work up gradually to town, as I told you, and in a list I made out this morning, I have put Banbury down for Thursday the 13th, intending to go to Northampton the next night. He proposes to write to 'Addison' (presumably Robert Addison of the London music publishers Cramer, Addison & Beale) for 'Thalberg's route'. He will not be able to go to Banbury on 6 February as he is at Cheltenham. He continues, presumably in reference to freemasonry: 'I shall not be able to take my apron to Leamington, for I must get home on Saturday evening, it is so long since I have been at home, and my daughters are expecting me. I must take my apron the next time I go down.' In a postscript he states that he is at the Albion Hotel, Manchester, the following Thursday. Note: Wilson was a member of the Canongate Kilwinning Lodge Edinburgh.