THE ECONOMIC ARTICLES IN BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, AND THEIR AUTHORS, 1817‐1853

Publication Date01 Nov 1959
DOIhttp://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9485.1959.tb00114.x
AuthorFrank Whitson Fetter
THE ECONOMIC ARTICLES
IN
BLACKWOODS
EDINBURGH MAGAZINE,
AND
THEIR AUTHORS, 1817-1853
PART
11
ARTICLES,
AUTHORS,
AND
SOURCES
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine
roamed the whole field of human
knowledge, and to select a small part of its articles and classify them
as
economic involves many borderline decisions. This
is
particularly
true of the articles on Ireland, contemporary British politics, the
con-
dition of the West
Indies,
slavery and the slave trade, and church
finance,
in
which the economic discussion was often but an incident
to
a
problem that went far beyond economics.
I
have included all
articles in which there
is
an organised discussion of
an
economic
theme, even though the main subject may be outside
of
economics or
the treatment in terms
of
jest or ridicule, for such articles add
to
an
understanding of the growth of British economic controversy and
economic policy.
No
contributors, with the possible exception
of
Thomas De Quincey, were economists in the accepted use
of
the
term, and in general they were contemptuous of their contemporaries
who called themselves economists. But the contributors were
a
widely
read, articulate, and uninhibited group, who even without expert
knowledge had
no
hesitation about discussing any economic question,
either in seriousness,
or
in jest in prose or verse.
For the years through 1825 my identification of authors follows
Professor Alan
L.
Strout’s monograph,
The Authorship
of
Articles in
Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine,
1817-1825
(Lubbock, Texas, 1959),
based
on
his extensive research
in
the
papers of the Blackwood pub-
lishing house and in Scottish literary history of the period.
In
a
number of cases Professor Strout makes a tentative assignment
on
the
basis of literary style or other circumstantial evidence. Such attribu-
tions
I
have not included in the list of authors, but
in
footnotes have
indicated his suggested authorship. The
Manuscript List
of
Early
Contributors to Blackwood’s
Magaim
:
1821-1876,
in the National
Library
of
Scotland in Edinburgh, gives almost complete information
on authorship from 1826, and some information before 1826. This
list, however, omits the many contributions of Sir Archibald Alison
in 1831-1834, but these are given in Alison’s
Some
Account
of
My
Life
avul
Writings
(Edinburgh and London, 1888),
vol.
i,
pp.
309,
326-327. Professor Strout’s monograph also assigns authorship to
a
213
214
FRANK WHITSON FETTER
few articles after
1825
for which there is no information
in
the
Manu-
script List.
All
assignments
of
authorship after
1825
are based
on
the
Manuscript List,
except where an entry in parentheses under the
author’s name shows that the authority is Alison or Strout.
In
many
cases there is authority, other than that of Strout or the
Manuscript
List,
for the assignment of authorship, but
I
make
no
citation of this
additional evidence
of
authorship.
I
am
indebted to Professor Strout,
in
correspondence over the past
six years, for help in clearing up many troublesome points, to Pro-
fessor Walter Houghton
of
Wellesley College for a number
of
sugges-
tions, and to Professor Rose B. Phelps and her class
of
1957 in
Advanced Bibliography at the University of Illinois Library School,
to whom she assigned the problem of securing biographical details
about several lesser-known authors.
I
have noted with an
‘R’
all articles of which
I
have found a
record of reprinting. Few
Blackwood’s
articles, however, other than
a part
of
the many contributions of Sir Archibald Alison, appear to
have been reprinted. Doubtless there were other reprintings of single
articles
of
which no copies are listed even in the larger libraries, as
the survival rate of such pamphlet literature in this period was low.
FRANK
WHITSON
FETTER
Northwestern University, Evanston,
Zllinois
VOL.
I
1
ii
iii
iv
V
VOL
11
vii
The title
of
the issues April-September 1817 was
Edinburgh Monthly Magazine
Pages
Author
April 1817
On Banks for Savings 17-22 Signed
Hi
Memoirs
of
Francis Homer, Esq.
3-8
-
On the Culture
of
Sugar in the United
States 25-27 Signed
M
May 1817
Review-Ricardo on Political Econ-
June 1817
July
1817
August 1817
On
the Exportation
of
Cotton Yarn 472-474
Title changes to
Blackwood‘s Edinburgh Magazine
October 1817
Strictures on the
Edinburgh Review
41-46
-
ow
175-178
-
Relief of the
Poor
241-246
-
Review-Grenfell’s Speech 406-412
-
Signed
H
90-96
viii November 1817
New Gold Coinage 169 Signed
M

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