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My Friends and Acquaintance
Horace & James Smith II
Horace Smith to Peter George Patmore, 12 November 1824

Vol I Contents
Charles Lamb I
Charles Lamb II
Charles Lamb III
Charles Lamb IV
Charles Lamb V
Charles Lamb VI
Charles Lamb VII
Charles Lamb VIII
Charles Lamb IX
Charles Lamb X
Thomas Campbell I
Thomas Campbell II
Thomas Campbell III
Thomas Campbell IV
Thomas Campbell V
Thomas Campbell VI
Thomas Campbell VII
Lady Blessington I
Lady Blessington II
Lady Blessington III
Lady Blessington IV
Lady Blessington V
R. Plumer Ward I
R. Plumer Ward II
R. Plumer Ward III
R. Plumer Ward IV
R. Plumer Ward V
R. Plumer Ward VI
Appendix vol I
Vol II Contents
R. Plumer Ward VII
R. Plumer Ward VIII
R. Plumer Ward IX
R. Plumer Ward X
R. Plumer Ward XI
R. Plumer Ward XII
R. Plumer Ward XIII
R. Plumer Ward XIV
R. Plumer Ward XV
R. Plumer Ward XVI
R. Plumer Ward XVII
R. Plumer Ward XVIII
R. Plumer Ward XIX
R. Plumer Ward XX
R. Plumer Ward XXI
R. Plumer Ward XXII
R. Plumer Ward XXIII
Horace & James Smith I
Horace & James Smith II
William Hazlitt I
William Hazlitt II
William Hazlitt III
William Hazlitt IV
William Hazlitt V
William Hazlitt VI
William Hazlitt VII
William Hazlitt VIII
Appendix vol II
Vol III Contents
William Hazlitt IX
William Hazlitt X
William Hazlitt XI
William Hazlitt XII
William Hazlitt XIII
William Hazlitt XIV
William Hazlitt XV
William Hazlitt XVI
William Hazlitt XVII
William Hazlitt XVIII
William Hazlitt XIX
William Hazlitt XX
William Hazlitt XXI
William Hazlitt XXII
William Hazlitt XXIII
William Hazlitt XXIV
William Hazlitt XXV
William Hazlitt XXVI
Laman Blanchard I
Laman Blanchard II
Laman Blanchard III
Laman Blanchard IV
Laman Blanchard V
Laman Blanchard VI
Laman Blanchard VII
Laman Blanchard VIII
R & T Sheridan I
R & T Sheridan II
R & T Sheridan III
R & T Sheridan IV
R & T Sheridan V
R & T Sheridan VI
R & T Sheridan VII
R & T Sheridan VIII
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“No. 14, Regent Street, Friday,
“Nov. 12, 1824.

“Sir,—Beginning with thanking you most cordially for the frank, friendly, and delicate manner in which you have executed your unpleasant commission respecting my attempt, I beg to assure you, that if we had known one another personally (a pleasure and advantage to myself which I still hope to enjoy), you would have felt little or none of that difficulty and embarrassment to which you allude. Always distrustful of my own trifling productions, nobody has been more
astonished than myself at the incommensurate notice which some of them have obtained; and I am, therefore, not less sincerely obliged to any friend for his opinion, than disposed to yield to it an implicit obedience. Hearing that such a thing was in existence,
Mr. Colburn, with his usual promptitude and liberality, wrote to make me an offer for my novel, which I accepted, as he can confirm to you, on two conditions—first, that my name should not be committed; and, secondly, that it should be submitted to some competent person to decide upon its fitness for publication at all. Some little deviation has certainly taken place from the former condition in the way it was announced in the last ‘New Monthly;’ but it is unimportant now, as your friendly advice will of course induce me to make an immediate auto-da-fé of Mr. Isaac Spurlingford and all his heretical associates. As leisure offers, however, I may make another, and I hope a better, effort against the season of next year, which I should put into Mr. Colburn’s hands; and nothing would give me more confidence than the prospect of looking forward to the same
able and judicious counsel which, I verily believe, has done me an essential service in the present instance. On Mr. C.’s account, even more than on my own, I am happy that I was provident enough to stipulate for this previous supervision.

“It might look like affectation were I to say that I am not vexed at having misspent my time. But I can from my heart declare, that the sentiments of esteem with which you are pleased to honour my character as a man, more than compensate any little disappointment which I may feel as a scribbler.

“Again begging you to accept my sincere acknowledgments, I am, Sir, your obliged and grateful servant,

“Horatio Smith.”