The Journalist: 1801–2

  • Winifred F. Courtney


Lamb now had a time of relative tranquility as Mary enjoyed nearly three years of uninterrupted sanity (June 1800 to March 1803), the longest relief she would ever know. On 25 March 1801 — after a hint from Gutch—they moved from Southampton Buildings back to their beloved Temple, to the top floor of No. 16 Mitre Court Buildings on King’s Bench Walk. Here Lamb expected to find more privacy, ‘for my present lodgings’, he wrote to Manning before the move, ‘resemble a minister’s levee, I have so encreased my acquaintance (as they call ‘em) since I have resided in Town’.1 It is evident from Godwin’s diary that the number of Lamb’s callers decreased little if at all, but he had two purposes requiring privacy — the endless work on John Woodvil and, very soon, the stab at journalism he had long had in mind to help make ends meet. The expenses of moving had forced them to sell their guest bed, and the new rent may well have been higher. Even at this time he was lending to Coleridge and in the course of the year expecting repayment of a £50 loan to a borrower unnamed.


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© Winifred F. Courtney 1982

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