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The Autobiography of William Jerdan
William Jerdan to George Byrom Whittaker, [December 1825]

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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Dear Sir,

“I have been greatly surprised by receiving a letter from you to Mr. Orme, complaining of ‘wanton’ and ‘unmanly’ criticism on your publications, in the ‘Literary Gazette;’ and threatening to withhold your advertisements if ‘such practices are continued.’ Of course you are the best judge of the proper mode of managing your own affairs, and you will do in this respect whatever you deem most advantageous. I should be sorry to see you consult your own interest so little as to do what you say.

“With regard to the terms you apply to the reviews, I am much astonished at them. My feelings towards you are
friendly in every way, and as far as can be done consistently with truth (from which I will not depart for all the advertisements in London) I am, and ever have been, disposed to speak kindly and even favourably of your works. And be assured, that indiscriminate praise is not the course to serve any publisher; at any rate, I will not sacrifice my independence and integrity by making the ‘
Gazette’ its organ.

“But what increases my wonder, on this occasion, is the want of foundation for the charge. I have just looked at the four last ‘Gazettes,’ and find—

“No. 457.—1. Kitchener’s Economy of the Eyes. Commended.
2. Greek Epigrammatica. Highly praised.
3. Herban, a Poem. Said to be of much promise.
4. Hubert’s Museum. Praised, for which the author has sent his thanks.

No. 458.—5. Memoirs of Monkeys. Praised.
6. Highest Castle, &c. Declared what, it is—rubbish.
7. Camisard. Reported to be a respectable novel.

No. 459.—8. Flora Conspicua. Much commended.

No. 460.—9. Clara Gazul. Commended in a way to sell it.
10. Natural History of the Bible. Highly praised.

“Thus it appears of your ten publications noticed in last month, nine have been favourably treated, and only one rebuked. In the forthcoming number your ‘Norman History’ will also be highly spoken of; and it really does seem to me, that you cannot have seen the ‘Gazette’ yourself; but must have taken up your opinion from somebody’s assertion, without the least examination or inquiry.

“However, all that I have to say is, that I wish you well, and shall continue to do so; no matter how you act towards the ‘Literary Gazette.’ As for that journal, I will not give up one jot of its fairness, impartiality, or justice, to conciliate all the publishers in London. I am,

“W. J.”