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The Autobiography of William Jerdan
William Taylor to William Jerdan, 8 February 1817

Vol. I. Front Matter
Ch. 1: Introductory
Ch. 2: Childhood
Ch. 3: Boyhood
Ch. 4: London
Ch. 5: Companions
Ch. 6: The Cypher
Ch. 7: Edinburgh
Ch. 8: Edinburgh
Ch. 9: Excursion
Ch. 10: Naval Services
Ch. 11: Periodical Press
Ch. 12: Periodical Press
Ch. 13: Past Times
Ch. 14: Past Times
Ch. 15: Literary
Ch. 16: War & Jubilees
Ch. 17: The Criminal
Ch. 18: Mr. Perceval
Ch. 19: Poets
Ch. 20: The Sun
Ch. 21: Sun Anecdotes
Ch. 22: Paris in 1814
Ch. 23: Paris in 1814
Ch. 24: Byron
Vol. I. Appendices
Scott Anecdote
Burns Anecdote
Life of Thomson
John Stuart Jerdan
Scottish Lawyers
Sleepless Woman
Canning Anecdote
Southey in The Sun
Hood’s Lamia
Murder of Perceval
Vol. II. Front Matter
Ch. 1: Literary
Ch. 2: Mr. Canning
Ch. 3: The Sun
Ch. 4: Amusements
Ch. 5: Misfortune
Ch. 6: Shreds & Patches
Ch. 7: A Character
Ch. 8: Varieties
Ch. 9: Ingratitude
Ch. 10: Robert Burns
Ch. 11: Canning
Ch. 12: Litigation
Ch. 13: The Sun
Ch. 14: Literary Gazette
Ch. 15: Literary Gazette
Ch. 16: John Trotter
Ch. 17: Contributors
Ch. 18: Poets
Ch 19: Peter Pindar
Ch 20: Lord Munster
Ch 21: My Writings
Vol. II. Appendices
The Satirist.
Authors and Artists.
The Treasury
Morning Chronicle
Chevalier Taylor
Foreign Journals
Vol. III. Front Matter
Ch. 1: Literary Pursuits
Ch. 2: Literary Labour
Ch. 3: Poetry
Ch. 4: Coleridge
Ch 5: Criticisms
Ch. 6: Wm Gifford
Ch. 7: W. H. Pyne
Ch. 8: Bernard Barton
Ch. 9: Insanity
Ch. 10: The R.S.L.
Ch. 11: The R.S.L.
Ch. 12: L.E.L.
Ch. 13: L.E.L.
Ch. 14: The Past
Ch. 15: Literati
Ch. 16: A. Conway
Ch. 17: Wellesleys
Ch. 18: Literary Gazette
Ch. 19: James Perry
Ch. 20: Personal Affairs
Vol. III. Appendices
Literary Poverty
Ismael Fitzadam
Mr. Tompkisson
Mrs. Hemans
A New Review
Debrett’s Peerage
Procter’s Poems
Poems by Others
Poems by Jerdan
Vol. IV. Front Matter
Ch. 1: Critical Glances
Ch. 2: Personal Notes
Ch. 3: Fresh Start
Ch. 4: Thomas Hunt
Ch. 5: On Life
Ch. 6: Periodical Press
Ch. 7: Quarterly Review
Ch. 8: My Own Life
Ch. 9: Mr. Canning
Ch. 10: Anecdotes
Ch. 11: Bulwer-Lytton
Ch. 12: G. P. R. James
Ch. 13: Finance
Ch. 14: Private Life
Ch. 15: Learned Societies
Ch. 16: British Association
Ch. 17: Literary Characters
Ch. 18: Literary List
Ch. 19: Club Law
Ch. 20: Conclusion
Vol. IV. Appendix
Gerald Griffin
W. H. Ainsworth
James Weddell
The Last Bottle
N. T. Carrington
The Literary Fund
Letter from L.E.L.
Geographical Society
Baby, a Memoir
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Sun Office, 112, Strand, Feb. 8th, 1817.

“You might well apologise to Mrs. Taylor for your brutal insolence to her husband, but she despises you too much to care for your manners. She only wants you to do justice to her husband. You complain of provocation!!! Is not your absolute tyranny over my property a continued provocation to me? Is your conduct to be reconciled to any principle of justice, or any feeling of shame? You know you acquired your power by accident. You never paid a farthing towards it, but have drained it of a large sum. You know it is justly my own paper, yet will you permit me to have the least control over it? Do not you monopolise power in all directions? Might not I, living in
the house, if I had a fair and just authority, he of the utmost service in forwarding the paper, when you, perhaps, are not out of your bed. Might not
Mr. Carstairs, if any discretionary power were entrusted to him, prepare for publication early, render important service to the paper, and in doubtful cases should not I be at hand to assist him? People will not believe that any man could tyrannise over another man’s property, as you do over mine? Have you not, in many instances, brought discredit upon the paper? Must not everything that I write be submitted to your inspection, and, in spite of all the animosities which the practice has occasioned, to your additions or alterations? Sir, it is insolent to alter even the position of a comma of my writing. Do you not garble the productions of official correspondents, and set your narrow judgment and scanty knowledge against those who have official information? If this be not the most horrible provocation, what is? Yet you complain of provocation. You call me a beggar. You are then a beggar’s dependent, and live upon the credit of a beggar’s property. But beggar, as you call me, if I had not forborne to take my salary for two years, and Mr. Heriot for the same period, how would you have gained the 800l. which you took out of the concern, and which, according to a statement, which has been made out, you owe to the property at this moment, besides 131l. 5s. for French papers which you never procured, and 116l. for the law expenses occasioned by your breach of covenant in trespassing upon my department, in hiring writers without my permission? Have you not brought a man who received nothing but kindness from me, and from whom I have received written acknowledgments to that purpose—have you not brought him to insult me at the office? After coming shamefully late to the office, do you not make it often as a coffee-room
and a gossiping mart, to the delay of publication, and to the injury, and nearly destruction, of the paper? Yet you presume to tell Mrs. Taylor of provocation. I most heartily pity your poor wife, for her afflictions must be heightened by the consideration that you bring all that she suffers on yourself by your conduct towards me. While you were responsible to others you seemed to have some plea, but you now are to be considered as responsible to me only. Is not your conduct arrogant, insolent, and oppressive to the highest degree? As you never could suppose that the arbitrators would confirm your assumed power, it might have been expected that you would have abated of your sovereignty by degrees. But have you relaxed at all? Thank God, I could never commit such conduct, or I should be as callous as you are to the opinions of mankind. If you had conducted yourself with any regard to my just rights, and like a gentleman, matters might have been harmoniously arranged between us. People who have known me all my life, know that I am far from being of a quarrelsome or unkind disposition; but they know that I am firm in the maintenance of my rights. I have a wife and son to support, and you are ruining the property which I hoped to be able to bequeath to them. Can you offer any one plea in favour of your conduct, or rather in palliation or excuse for it? and living upon the credit of my property as you do, and not permitting me to have any share in the management of it, dare you talk of provocation! Sir, do not give me much more provocation, for if you do, I will make a brief but emphatic statement to the world, and then I believe your right will soon be at an end. Reflect upon this letter before it is too late, and reform, otherwise, the Lord have mercy upon you.

Mr. William Jerdan.”