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Memoir of John Murray
John Murray to Walter Scott, 17 March 1818

Vol. 1 Contents
Chapter I.
Chapter II.
Chapter III.
Chapter IV.
Chapter V.
Chapter VI.
Chapter VII.
Chapter VIII.
Chapter IX.
Chapter X.
Chapter XI.
Chapter XII.
Chapter XIII.
Chapter XIV.
Chapter XV.
Chapter XVI.
Chapter XVII.
Chapter XVIII.
Chapter XIX.
Vol. 2 Contents
Chap. XX.
Chap. XXI.
Chap. XXII.
Chap. XXIII.
Chap. XXIV.
Chap. XXV.
Chap. XXVI.
Chap. XXVII.
Chap. XXIX.
Chap. XXX.
Chap. XXXI.
Chap. XXXII.
Chap. XXXIV.
Chap. XXXV.
Chap. XXXVI.
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March 17th, 1818.
My dear Sir,

Totally unable to account for the interruption of all interesting correspondence with you, I content myself with believing that it arises from causes wholly independent of me, and that when these subside, the bird of correspondence will fly to me again. In a word, I take it for granted that you have been fully occupied, and, having no time to spare on me or mine, you have left it to my own sense at once to make the discovery
and to wait. Has the moment of temporary leisure yet arrived, and will you have the kindness to bestow it upon me? I sent you a volume of ‘
Lord Orford’s Letters,’ hoping that the amusement and lightness of their subject might tempt you to dash off a review of them. They would admit of copious judicious extracts, forming an interesting and lively picture of the fashion of the times in which they were written, and of the character of their author. It would be doing me a great service to attempt this, and I am anxious for so pleasing a paper for the next number of the Quarterly. It will appear absurd to ask for more, when I have so little claim to ask for anything, but if the subject happened to please you, perhaps you would give a curious as well as an amusing review of Mr. Rose’s translation of the Animali parlanti; Mr. Frere’sWhistlecraft,’ and (entre nous) Lord Byron’sBeppo,’ showing their origin and object, and detailing their beauties and fun. ‘Beppo,’ a copy of which I hope you have received, is really an extraordinary effort, written in two nights, in consequence of reading ‘Whistlecraft.’ The attack upon your valued friend Sotheby* arises from his temerity in sending the author an anonymous letter, and from his having cut his acquaintance abroad. I have received the Fourth Canto, which contains finer things than the author has ever yet written, comprising a noble tribute to yourself, whose kindness he will not easily forget. I should be very glad if, when you and your friends are making arrangements with Constable, you thought of me; for I fancy that neither of us have any objection to publish good books in conjunction. Perhaps a word from you might yet induce Ballantyne to ask for my junction in the ‘New Tales of my Landlord,’ as it will be thought to be from dissatisfaction in their mighty author, that I am not their continued publisher. But I have no right to ask, much less to expect, any exertion in this way from one to whom I am already so much obliged; and it is only if an opening arises which may be penetrated without difficulty, that I will venture to hope that you will thrust me in. At any rate, do allow me the pleasure of receiving a few words from you.

Yours very faithfully and much obliged,
John Murray.