["The Spectator" January 12, 1850]

There is a great deal more of individual notion in The Germ than the world is accustomed to look for in a periodical, or than is indeed fitted for that kind of publication, which, to do any good, must represent a class of some kind. Poetry of the school of Tennyson, pushed to an exaggeration of the master's exaggerations, occupies a good deal of The Germ; there is a long review of "The Bothie of Toper-na-fuosich," which only peculiar feelings would have admitted; and two papers on art, one an essay, one a story. There is some (uncultivated) ability and freshness, or at least strangeness, in the publication; but not well placed in a monthly magazine.