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The Autobiography of William Jerdan
William Taylor to William Jerdan, [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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“I have seen your answer to my note to Mr. Carstairs, and I still say that I do not believe a syllable you say or write, Your treatment of me is revolting to the feelings of everybody who hears of it, but your own wretched sycophants, who can be bribed to your cause by the play-house freedoms, which you find so useful. You told me, before Mr. Owen, that Mr. Canning ‘despised me for attempting to lessen your credit with him,’ and you told Mr. Owen that you had had a kind and friendly letter from Mr. Canning. I shall endeavour to ascertain both of these points, though I believe neither. When I told you that I should advise Mr. Freeling to return the manuscript which you took from Bellingham, and which ought to have been surrendered to the law, or to the widow, you said, ‘Mr. Freeling would laugh at me.’* If so, I shall certainly put him into a jocular mood, but I believe that he will not

* The annexed note on the subject will dispose of this foolery.

think that he has reason to rejoice in having sacrificed a friend whom he had known nearly thirty years, for a person with whom he casually became acquainted, because that person dedicated a sneaking, fawning address to him in a work to which he singly put his name as translator, though he was assisted by two others. I have made a minute of everything relating to your conduct, since you came to this place, and have most, if not all, of everything you have written to me. All shall in due time be promulged, and then it will be seen if you are a proper object for government protection. You know what I mean. I shall certainly file a bill in chancery against you, to require a knowledge of all you have received, if you have received anything, on account of the paper. I have made you several liberal proposals, which I have been told I was mad in offering, and you more mad in declining. You have never proposed a modification of your accidentally obtained and ill-exercised power, and your proposals to quit the concern have been so extravagant as to excite laughter. I once more ask you what sum you will take to abandon your connection with the paper? I expect your answer on Monday. But you must not regulate it by your estimate of ‘the patronage of the paper,’ which you have sometimes rated at three thousand, and sometimes at five thousand, pounds. This estimate will be a strong point in my account of your proceedings. You have often accused me of attempting to undermine your character—your character!!! I have stated nothing but facts, which can be proved by others, and God forbid that I should resort to needless and wanton exaggerations. Remember, I shall on Monday resort to you to know what sum you require to relinquish all connection with a property which you have nearly ruined.