William Blackwood to John Murray (early January 1815), on having seen a copy of Guy
Mannering during a visit to his fellow publisher, Ballantyne:
'He [Ballantyne] would not allow me to look at it, but he read me a few pages. The painting is
admirable and quite graphic -- Scottish to the life. [...] it will be a wonderful performance,
and greatly superior to "Waverley" both in interest and effect.'