February 23. ...'Read a little volume called The Omen—very well written—deep and powerful language. Aut Erasmus aut Diabolus, it is Lockhart or I am strangely deceived. It is passed for Wilson's though, but Wilson has more of the falsetto of assumed sentiment, less of the depth of gloomy and powerful feeling.'
Scott's comments on "The Omen" come from his Journal: February 23, 1826. Fellow Scot John Galt published "The Omen", his twentyfourth work, in 1825.